Parental Screen Time Fears

Parental Screen Time Fears

Blogger 2In an age when most children over 12 have smartphones or tablets, parents are worrying more than ever about time spent on these devices. A survey of parents by Pew Research Center specifically about their children’s screen time, done in March just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, found two-thirds of U.S. parents think parenting is harder now than 20 years due to this phenomenon. Social media plays a big role in this fear, but other concerns were cited as well such as changing morals and costs associated with the devices. Most parents believe a milestone for giving a child a smartphone is 12 while giving a child a tablet is okay at a younger age. We can only believe that if the survey were done today with schools requiring online learning, parents might have a different perspective on screen time.