February 8, 2019
Children are spending an average of 23 hours a week on smartphones and other gadgets – twice as much time as they spend conversing with their parents, polling suggests.
The survey of 2,000 families with children below the age of 14 found that on average they were spending 3 hours 18 minutes a day on personal devices.
By contrast, they were found to be spending 1 hour 43 minutes a day engaged in conversation with members of their family.
The polling follows new advice from the chief medical officer, which urges parents to take more control over their children’s digital habits, and ban smartphones from family meals, and from bedrooms at night.
The survey found four in five parents said they had tried to persuade their children to spend less time on their personal devices. And two in five admitted to giving children devices in order to keep them occupied.
This article was posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:03 am