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Source: Pew Research
Published: July 2020
n = 3,640 U.S. Parents

Parenting Children in the Age of Screens

Circulated: October 22, 2020

Parenting has never been easy. But the widespread adoption of smartphones and the rise of social media has introduced a new wrinkle to the challenges of parenthood. 

When U.S. parents with a child age 5 to 11 were asked about their child’s digital use:

Parents say they… Percent of Parents
Limit the time of day or length of time a child can use screens 86%
Take away the child’s phone or internet privileges as punishment 80%
Check the websites or apps their child visits or uses 75%
Use parental controls to restrict screen time 72%
Look at the child’s phone calls or text messages 49%
Track their child’s location 33%
Friend or follow the child on social media 28%

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