Amid recent studies and a few heavy-hitting articles about the negative effects of smartphones on children and teens, parents have become worried about how these and other devices might affect their kids’ development and well-being.
In our Life Online research project, which involved more than 100 participants in 6 cities around the globe, we heard many parents expressing concerns about their children’s use of electronic devices. Their children are growing up as digital natives: smartphones, tablets, and laptops are ingrained in their everyday lives. It’s a time without precedent, and parents worry about the immediate and the long-term effects of these devices on their kids.
Parents’ concerns covered...