Research has also shown staying connected while on holiday wasn’t the primary concern; the vast majority (63%) of respondents said the main reason their children used IT devices while on holiday was to keep themselves entertained. This was most common among parents with children aged between ten and 14, with almost three-quarters (73%) stating entertainment as their primary reason.
Children using technology on holiday could be distracted from quality family time, a new survey has revealed. I could not agree more. I have relied on them heavily! I have even bought a new tablet for my children to play and read books.
Parents surveyed in a recent poll have revealed that technology dominates their children’s holidays. Fifteen per cent of parents with children aged 18 or under who used IT devices on their last family holiday said, on average, their children used the technology for 3 hours or more every day.
Moreover, almost a quarter (22%) of respondents who’ve been on holiday with children said their kids usually used tablets on holiday, while over a third (35%) said they used smartphones, and more than a quarter (27%) stated they used games consoles.
Some parents were content for their kids to have unlimited use of technology during their stay, with more than one in ten (13%) stating that they were happy for their children to use IT devices as much as they wanted on their last family holiday. We had tried not to do that while on holiday, by spending time with them playing sports, seeing sights or shopping. I know that letting them play with the gadgets gives us peace and quiet but it is definitely not very healthy at all so it should definitely be in moderation.
Simon Lifford, Head of Sales & UK Operations at Villa Plus, commented on the trend of using technology on holiday: “For some families, discouraging children from using games consoles, smartphones and the like too often is an important concern while on holiday, and I can see why families who have spent any amount on getting away may be disappointed that their children wish to do so.
“However, staying in an inspiring space with plenty of room to enjoy family activities is sure to make it easier to give children other ways to fill their time. Villa accommodation typically includes a private pool, BBQ and pool table, so kids may not feel they want to use their gadgets as often as they would when confined to a single hotel room.”
Simon Lifford continued: “Of course, some families embrace devices that allow children to stay connected, both to friends and information, and they view games consoles as a valuable means of family bonding. In holiday accommodation with several rooms and fun facilities, families will have the space to use the technology they want with the opportunity to mix things up with some outdoor activities and traditional family activities, too.”
Villa Plus is an independent direct sell holiday company. They provide quality villas with private pools across Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal. Many of their villas feature free wi-fi, for those who want to stay connected while on holiday. Over half of Villa Plus villas are within walking distance of the beach and they have more villas in central locations than any other UK tour operator.
They have also recently released a Holiday Games Guide, available online as a downloadable PDF, in which expert bloggers offer their top tips for keeping children entertained on holiday, without breaking the bank. One of the expert bloggers is my best mate – Red Rose Mummy who wrote about pizza picnic. There are a lot of fabulous ideas there!
Disclosure: Bought to you in collaboration with Villa Plus