Screen time is a hot topic for many people, whether it’s doctors, educators, or parents. While options for helping reduce screen time continue to increase, so does the concern parents have regarding their children screen use. Vision Monday recently shared survey results detailing what concerns parents most about screen time use, specifically for their teens.
As we’ve talked about before, digital screens have become of necessary part of life. In fact, it has been reported that 95% of teens in the US now have or have access to a smartphone, and 45% of teens admit that they’re online “almost constantly.” These screen time habits are a cause of concern among parents, with 65% admitting they worry their teen spends too much time in front of screens. Six out of 10 parents worry their teen may lose the ability to communicate in-person.
Think about that. Over half of the parents who responded are scared their teen may not communicate effectively because of their device use. With the proven impact increased screen time has on social and mental development, parents have every right to be concerned.
Concern Calls for Action
Parents have devised several ways to deal with the technology increase. Fifty-eight percent of parents admit to checking their teen’s web history, recent calls, and text messages, and 57% set screen time limits and use digital isolation (take away devices/internet) as punishment. Setting times for family interaction sans devices is also a great way to help moderate screen time (no devices during dinner, movie night, game night, etc.).
Beyond social impact, screen time can have physical implications, too, like tired eyes, headaches, and eye strain. For this, nutrition can play an important role, and EyePromise Screen Shield Teen has the nutrients necessary to protect young eyes from the harmful effects of screen time. Screen Shield Teen provides protective ingredients like all-natural zeaxanthin in a simple, one-a-day, fruit punch-flavored chewable tablet. Compatible with a multi-vitamin, this eye health nutraceutical is an easy addition to any child’s daily routine.
Learn more about EyePromise Screen Shield Teen.