Screen time for kids has increased since COVID-19 first hit

Common Sense Media reviews content created for children to help adults choose what they will do online, including games and videos, in their lives. Thus it is pertinent for the organization to know how children from different demographics are consuming that content. It launched a survey of 1,306 tweens (ages 8 to 12) and teens (ages 13 to 18) for a week in 2021 to see how much has changed about kids and screen time .

The results are not too surprising. Screen time is up 20% across the board since the start of the pandemic. Boys eat more than girls; Black and Hispanic/Latino children eat more than white children; Middle-income ($35,000 to $99,000 per year) and low-income households (less than $35,000) consume more than children from more affluent households.

screen-time full infographic

Videos most important in the eyes of children are: Video viewing for teens has increased by 23 minutes per day (from 59 to 82 minutes). Thirty-two percent of teens “can’t live without YouTube,” in particular.

For tweens, social media use is high, with 18% using it every day compared to 13% in 2019.

Other favorite screen-time pastimes are gaming and browsing websites. Less popular are actually creating content and reading eBooks, online articles, etc.

You can see more about these findings in the infographic above, which includes the percentage of PCs in households by income. The full report will be released on Common Sense Media’s website on March 23.

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