Par­ents binge – but say they’re good role mod­els

Moms, dads spend over nine hours a day in front of some kind of screen

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Lynn Elber

los an­ge­les» Par­ents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, com­put­ers and other screen de­vices while also giv­ing them­selves high marks as role mod­els for their chil­dren’s me­dia use, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased Tues­day.

Among all those sur­veyed — nearly 1,800 par­ents in the U.S. — daily screen time av­er­aged nine hours and 22 minutes, with the bulk of that, seven hours and 43 minutes, cat­e­go­rized as per­sonal screen time and the other roughly 90 minutes spent on work.

The study also found they were en­thu­si­as­tic about tech­nol­ogy’s role in their kids’ lives but wary of the risks it may hold, in­clud­ing loss of sleep and on­line over­shar­ing. Re­searchers from the non­profit Com­mon Sense Me­dia group and North­west­ern Univer­sity con­ducted the project.

Two-thirds of those sur­veyed, 67 per­cent, said mon­i­tor­ing their chil­dren’s de­vices and so­cial me­dia ac­counts is more im­por­tant than al­low­ing them pri­vacy.

An­other find­ing: Latino and black par­ents ex­pressed more con­cern about their kids’ me­dia use (66 and 65 per­cent, re­spec­tively) than white ones (51 per­cent).

It was the gap be­tween how much adults use me­dia and what that might mean for their off­spring that was par­tic­u­larly strik­ing to James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Com­mon Sense Me­dia. “I found the num­bers as­tound­ing, the sheer vol­ume of tech­nol­ogy used by par­ents. There’s re­ally a big dis­con­nect be­tween their own be­hav­ior and their self-per­cep­tion, as well as their per­cep­tion of their kids,” Steyer said. “Yet 78 per­cent of all par­ents be­lieve they are good me­dia and tech­nol­ogy role mod­els for their chil­dren,” ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey sum­mary.

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