Professional Recommendations and Actual Usage
Since 2015, Common Sense Media has conducted three nation-wide surveys to examine the screen time usage of over 1,300 8 to 18-year-olds.
Daily Screen Time
4:36 to 5:33
6:40 to 8:39
and Actual Usage
Recommendations and Usage Exclude Academics
Professional research and literature indicate that, in addition to limiting usage, parental involvement in the child's screen time is crucial to their well-being. Doing activities together, modeling healthy behaviors, and collaboratively setting screen time limits are essential.
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Increases in unsupervised screen time in childhood are linked to decreases in brain development, academic engagement & success, IQ, mental health, self-esteem, physical fitness, diet quality, and sleep.
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