In a recent survey, parents reveal their real fears about how isolation and screen time affect their children's socialization skills. Last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, children lived very different lives. Children were isolated at home, missing their friends, schoolmates and family. They also spent more time in front of the screen. This increase in screen time is due to distance learning, as well as bored children looking for something to do and a mother running out of ways to entertain them.
However, while many of the things that have happened are out of anyone's control, that doesn't stop parents from worrying about their children. According to Study Finds, a survey was conducted that showed that parents are the most concerned about their children's social development.
The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MindWare, surveyed 2,000 U.S. parents with school-age children.
81% were concerned about the long-term impact the pandemic would have on their children's social development.
-Not only that, but 61% were especially concerned that screen time might play a role in this delay.
The survey then identified the specific social skills that parents were most concerned about.
-It turned out that 39% were concerned about their children being able to make friends in a social setting, which seems appropriate after spending a year socializing through screens.
-When it comes to resolving conflict, 27% worry that their children will not be able to do so in a healthy way.
-26% believe their children will have difficulty communicating.
- It may be easy to assume that parents should stick to reducing their children's screen time, but 63% of parents also said they struggle to find stimulating activities for their children.
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When it came to introducing screen time limits, parents (on average) asked their children to leave the device about 7 times a week. This may be because almost half of the parents stated that their children had lost interest in activities they previously enjoyed due to the stress of the pandemic.
As children lose interest in previous activities, such as board games, arts and crafts, and outdoor play, they turn to an alternative option: the closet, which is a screen.
The online world offers many opportunities to connect, but brings its own concerns for children's safety and development.