Children’s Exposure to Digital Technology Causes Parental Anxiety

This is not an article about how "screen time" is ruining kids. It's a research-based summary of how parents think technology affects their kids. There are some interesting cultural differences highlighted here. While North American parents are concerned with the impact of technology on their kids’ social and emotional development, Chinese parents worry about health and academic effects.

Parents’ concerns covered a wide range of areas — from health to social- and cognitive- development. They were unsure how much internet use was harmful to their kids’ attention span and classroom performance. They feared the impact of electronic devices on their children’s ability to participate in the physical world without reliance on screens and media. To top it all off, parents often expressed a strong sense of personal guilt associated with letting their children be entertained by devices.


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