Why Swedish fire fighters are stealing cell phones from beachgoers – a powerful message that has to be shared
A video from a concerned emergency medical service crew is currently going viral on Facebook. The reason? Its valuable message. In the video, two fire fighters approach some beachgoers and grab their cell phones out of their hands. When the stunned beachgoers ask why, the fire fighters point to their children playing in the water. “Give your cell phone a rest while you’re on the beach,” the emergency service crew wrote on Facebook.
The use of cell phones has proven to be dangerous and harmful in a variety of ways. Among other things, using cell phones while driving has led to an increase in accidents and subsequently, a ban in at least 30 countries. In addition, a study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry showed that distracted parenting, like looking at a cell phone while caring for a child, can have detrimental effects on that child’s development.
Now, the debate over cell phone use has spread to another location: the beach. Instead of watching their children playing in the water, some parents are sitting on the shore with their heads buried in their phones. It’s basically a tragedy waiting to happen!
A concerned emergency medical service crew in Sweden noticed the situation was worsening in their area and decided to do something about it.
The Södra Älvsborg Rescue Service Association decided to address the problem by making a viral video. Their idea was to send a clear message and try and spread it as far as possible.
In the video, fire fighters walk up to parents using cell phones on the beach and snatch their devices right from under their noses. Then, the firefighters explain to the parents that they should have their eyes on their children, not on their screens.
The video was posted in April and has already reached thousands of people. And while the video was made in Sweden, its message is universal and can’t be emphasised enough. Give your cell phone a rest on the beach! And give your children your full attention.
This might be the most important message of the summer. No child should be in danger because their parent or guardian is paying more attention to their cell phone than them, especially while kids are swimming!
Source: 3L Stories