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Study: Mealtime conversations important for children

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New research suggests that parents can be just as drawn to the light of tablets and smartphones as children are.

A new study takes a look at how much time moms, dads and kids use their phones when out to eat.

Some of the adults were absorbed in their devices, texting, swiping and scrolling their way through the meal and ignoring the kids.

Experts say face-to-face conversations are crucial to a child's development of language and social skills.

"How to take turns in a conversation and build those sorts of social skills, how to build empathy. You need to be take someone else's perspective, watch their facial reactions," Dr. Jenny Radesky of Boston Medical Center.

Researchers say meal time is a good time to check the phones and engage in conversation.

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