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Dissertation

Parent’s Knowledge and Agreement with Screen Time Guidelines

22 June 2019

Abstract

Screen time concerns both parents and experts due to the near-omnipresent influence of technology over Americans, especially children. Children ages 0-8 spend 2 hours with a screen per day, ages 9-12 spend 6 hours per day, ages 13-18 spend 9 hours per day, and adults spend 7 hours per day on a screen. Screen time has been linked to both positive and negative effects and screen time guidelines (STG) have been made to help promote moderation in screen time use, although are often not being followed (Vittrup, Snider, Rose, & Rippy, 2016). This study is an examination of parents' knowledge and agreement with screen time guidelines and how these might influence the amount of screen time they allow their children. Parents provided demographic info, and completed several questionnaires: the Child Media exposure Questionnaire (CMEQ), and the American Academy of Pediatrics Guideline Questionnaire (AAPG-Q). These questionnaires help researchers understand parent’s knowledge and agreement towards screen time guidelines. Findings indicate that parents with more knowledge and agreement of the STG have children who have less screen time. However, parents generally govern their child’s screen time but do not govern their own screen time; creating an important consideration because parent’s screen time was found to mirror that of the child’s.


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