Screentime during lockdown – how kids see it
It can be hard, during the Covid-19 crisis, to minimise or manage your child’s use of screens. Left more often to their own devices, kids aged 12 to 16 have doubled their internet and social media use from 3 to 6+ hours a day, says a new Cybersmile Foundation report.
So how do our digital-native kids feel their relationship to tech is affecting them – and do they think parents can help them if they need it?
Cybersmile – a charity that tackles online abuse and cyberbullying and promotes kindness, diversity and inclusion – talked to 1,000 UK children aged 12 to 16 about screentime, smartphone addiction and their parents’ involvement in their online lives and found that…
60% feel that the time they spend online negatively impacts other important areas of their life including sleep, diet, exercise and study
46% consider themselves addicted to their smartphone
18% would like their parents to help them more with reducing the amount of time they spend online
The new Digital Wellbeing 2020 report is an illuminating snapshot of girl/boy attitudes and behaviour, asking…
1) How much time do you spend online each day?
NOW BEFORE LOCKDOWN
5-6 hours 28% 12%
3-4 hours 24% 40%
7-8 hours 20% 4%
9-10 hours 9% 2%
10-12 hours 7% 1%
1-2 hours 6% 38%
13-14 hours 2% 1%
15-16 hours 1% <1%
17-18 hours 1% 1%
No time online 1% 1%
More than 18 hours <1% <1%
Less than 1 hour <1% 1%
2) Do you feel that the amount of time you spend online negatively impacts other important areas of your life such as sleep, diet, exercise or study?
Yes, a little 51%
No, not at all 40%
Yes, a lot 9%
3) Would you consider yourself to be addicted to your smartphone?
I don’t have a smartphone 2%
4) Does your internet or social media use negatively affect your mental and/or physical heath?
Both mental and physical 14%
5) Would you like your parents to help you more with reducing the time you spend online?
I don’t want to reduce the amount of time I spend online 49%
6) Would you feel comfortable going to your parents with an online-related problem?
7) Have you ever felt that your parents’ internet or social media use has affected their ability to look after you?
My parents don’t use the internet or social media 2%