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Children need screen time balance during days of virtual learning


As COVID-19 continues to spread, social distancing remains a reality for Americans, Linda Inmon, Cooperative Extension Program associate of the Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. Because of this, everyone’s screen time has greatly increased.

“Children are spending an average of six hours a day in front of their computer screen as they attend virtual classes,” she said. “Teens spend additional time staring at their cell phones and scrolling through TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, as they try to make sense of life during the pandemic and stay connected with friends.”

Younger children are given the privilege of watching their favorite shows on YouTube and Netflix. Meanwhile parents have to juggle a number of tasks as they try to keep everything running as smoothly as they did before the pandemic.

“Some parents are understandably anxious about the amount of time their children are spending in front of the computer screen,” Inmon said. “They wonder how much screen time is too much. They also want to find ways to better manage their children’s habits when it comes to computers and telephones.”

First and foremost, parents should not stress too much as they figure out how to solve the […]

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