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  1. Zugzwang
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    15 Aug '18 20:32
    Before people could become addicted to their smartphones, they paid
    more attention to their children, who were less likely to die of drowning.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/15/parents-fixated-by-phones-linked-to-child-drownings-in-germany

    "Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’
    Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year."

    "The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) ... has made a direct connection
    between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being
    too busy on their mobile phones to notice."

    "In the past, parents and grandparents spent more time with their children
    in the swimming pool. But increasing numbers of parents are fixated by
    their smartphones and are not looking left or right, let alone paying
    attention to their children,”
    --Peter Harzheim

    "But the organisations have also blamed the school system for not making
    swimming lessons obligatory from an early age. ... The German Swimming
    Association (DSV) has warned that with a lack of state support for swimming
    lessons, and schools’ lack of access to pools, Germany is in danger of
    turning into a land of non-swimmers."
  2. Joined
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    15 Aug '18 20:48
    Originally posted by @duchess64
    Before people could become addicted to their smartphones, they paid
    more attention to their children, who were less likely to die of drowning.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/15/parents-fixated-by-phones-linked-to-child-drownings-in-germany

    "Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’
    Lifeguards warn parents t ...[text shortened]... chools’ lack of access to pools, Germany is in danger of
    turning into a land of non-swimmers."
    “Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year."

    Lifeguards know their limitations such as is due to staffing levels. Kids in public pools and beaches should be required to domonstrate to a lifeguard, age-appropriate swimming ability or be closely attended by a responsible adult.
  3. Zugzwang
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    15 Aug '18 20:541 edit
    Originally posted by @js357
    “Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year."

    Lifeguards know their limitations such as is due to staffing levels. Kids in public pools and beaches should be required to domonstrate to a lifeguard, age-appropriate swimming ability or be closely attended by a responsible adult.
    As a child, I was taught how to swim so that I need not depend upon a lifeguard to save me from drowning.

    On one occasion, I went out too far from the beach (where there was no lifeguard around)
    and got knocked over by a big wave. I was fine. But my mother was alarmed enough by
    my sudden disappearance under water that she ordered me to stay out of the sea.