NEW YORK (WV News) — Yahoo News just shared a study by the New York Times indicating there is a 17 percent increase of in screen time since pandemic.
Within the survey conducted by Common Sense Media, kids, as young as 8, are spending more time on social media services mostly caused by reflecting difficult times with lack of social interaction throughout the pandemic, experts said.
According to the publication, children ages 8 to 12 reported an average 5 hours or more of daily screentime and more than 8 hours of screen time for teens ages 13 to 18.
The findings are not surprising, per Diana Graber, the founder of Cyberwise, a website for adults who want to help young people use technology safely, and the author of “Raising Humans in a Digital World.”
“These social media apps are not designed for children,” she added.
She and other experts warn parents to consider what kids are not “doing” when on their devices; replacing activities, like sleep, family time, reading, chores — other things that are positive for kids.