The most recent survey, fielded online by the global research firm Ipsos from Oct. 14–22, 2021, asked 1,019 parents about their practices around screen time, social media, guns, mental health, conversations with children and the COVID-19 vaccines — with some of the questions posed as a follow-on to a 2020 survey.
How much screen time children spend by age, how parents limit it, and how the average amount has changed over time.
Behavior: Children’s average hours of screen time on a recent Friday, according to parents (2021)
*The number of parents who were included in the “Total” screen time averages differs from those included in the table above, since some parents noted that their children did not have any screen time and were not included in further analysis of this topic.
The N sizes for total screen time are as follows: n = 323 for ages 0-5, n = 396 for ages 6-12, and n = 300 for ages 13-17.
Norms: How parents compare their child's screen time to that of other children (2021)
Trendline: Comparing child screen time in 2020 to 2021, as reported by parents
Rules: How parents regulate screen time (2021)