Do parents discuss rules with each other?
This was an incredibly interesting result. Even though most parents claim that it’s a top topic, 73% of those say that they do not feel comfortable to speak with other parents in detail about rules for screen time and devices in the home.
The consistent response as to why that’s the case is that they don’t want to come across as “judgy” and don’t want to be judged by others who might then ask them the same questions in return. Spouses do discuss these topics related to screen time and devices though and most of them will discuss these with family members (most often siblings) or their closest friends. But devices and screen time generally are not discussed beyond that circle. For those who have structured meetings with other parents at school, tensions are reported to run high when there is discussion as to when children should have their own smart phones.
Most parents are curious about what rules and boundaries other families have in place but they’re also equally if not more interested in how those families determined them. Many families feel that 1-2 hours of screen time sounds like the right amount, but when asked how they know, most can’t answer why.
The first outward sign of where a family sits on the spectrum of digital exposure is often when kids start getting phones or experience digital as part of play time in other families’ homes. 90% of families report regularly reading articles or hearing about issues surrounding screen time. 83% of them feel like the recommendations they read are not consistent and that it’s still generally unknown what the right parameters for a healthy child’s digital life are.