WCPO: UC study: Your kid’s screen time might not be as problematic as you think

The time children spend on technology might not be as concerning as thinking about what you’re using it for,” said Nancy Jennings, PhD and professor in UC’s School of Communication, Film and Media Studies.

Jennings, director of UC’s Children’s Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab, recently conducted a study of how 9-13 year olds used media during the COVID-19 2020 summer.

Her findings are published in Psychology of Popular Media.

Some of the findings include:

  • The majority of parents (83.7%) reported that their children were using media more during COVID-19 than before.
  • One in five parents (21.2%) indicated that they had made a purchase of a household media device during COVID-19 and the most often reported purchases were for computing technologies such as laptop/desktop (25.5%) and Chromebooks (17.1%).
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