Alone in your room and other misery due to the pandemic and lockdowns are causing a huge increase in your kids’ screen time.
According to research by Common Sense Media screen use by children has never increased in the past four years as fast as it did in 2021. The most logical explanation is the pandemic that has everyone confined to their homes. The non-profit organization, which works for a better life for children and the whole family, excluded screen time for online education and study for the study.
Video, gaming and social media
At the top of the list are the online videos, teenagers indicate that they cannot do without YouTube. It was expected that there would be more gaming during the pandemic, but that does not appear to be where the most growth is. You have to be on social media for that. Among teenagers, Instagram is at the top of the list, followed closely by Snapchat and Facebook at an appropriate distance.
According to Mike Robb, senior research director at Common Sense Media, media can be used in positive or negative ways. Vulnerable children overuse media in ways that contribute to mental health problems. He says in an interview with Technewsworld†
Robb also says he is shocked by the enormous growth in screen time, especially among teenagers who were 11 percent more glued to their screens between 2015 and 2019, but who took no less than 20 percent more screen time between 2019 and 2021. Excluding the online training. For children under 13, the growth is even more extreme, even six times more. Another thing that stands out is that in that group of under 13s, 38 percent are already on social media, while most platforms are not even intended for that age group.
We think that you should just play outside with this beautiful weather. Have fun playing football. Then mom and dad can just look after the laptop all day long.