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Study: Smartphones cause 10% increase in broken bones in children

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By Daniel Greenwald By Daniel Greenwald

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A paper published by Yale researchers found a link between distracted parents on their smartphones at playgrounds, and injuries among children.

Dr. Justin Moll at Parkside Pediatrics weighed in on the study, agreeing distraction among parents has never been greater. However, Moll said his office has not seen an abnormal increase in broken bones. 

The study said between 2005 and 2012, the number of broken bones increased by 10 percent. 

FOX Carolina spoke with a parent at Cleveland Park in Greenville, whose daughter broke her arm while playing on the monkey bars a few days ago. She admitted she was on her phone at the time. 

"We were videotaping something going on another part of the playground," she said.

However, parents said it would be hard to connect cell phone use to the increase in broken bones, saying "kids will be kids." Dr. Moll agreed, but said parents should always try to "be present with your kids."

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