A recent much-shared survey from Common Sense Media revealed that parents spend more than nine hours a day looking at media screens yet believe they are good technology role models for their children. Tucked into the report were statistics about teen and tween technology usage that may interest parents of younger kids. When to give a child a smartphone, after all, is among the most debated issues families face today.

Which of the following belong

specifically to your child?

Smartphone

56%

Tablet

 

51%

Laptop

30%

Age your child got their own:

 

Smartphone

12.1

 

Tablet

9.9

 

Laptop

12.1

 

Age your child set up their first

social media account:

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

1

4

4

10

12

8

6

3

1

0

1

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

For those who have rules about content, how often do you enforce rules on the amount of time a child can use technology?

Never

 

4%

Once in a while

 

10%

Some of the time

 

21%

Most of the time

 

32%

All of the time

 

27%

No time rules

6%

Is your child allowed to use mobile devices in the following places or at the following times?

 

When guests are visiting

Family meals

Bedtime

6%

16%

33%

Allowed

Not allowed

78%

63%

34%

15%

19%

32%

No rules

Older children who

are always arguing that parents

are more lenient with younger siblings will find some validation

in this data:

Children who personally own a smartphone, by birth order:

Only

59%

YOUNGEST

62%

MIDDLE

48%

Oldest

52%

A recent much-shared survey from Common Sense Media revealed that parents spend more than nine hours a day looking at media screens yet believe they are good technology role models for their children. Tucked into the report were statistics about teen and tween technology usage that may interest parents of younger kids. When to give a child a smartphone, after all, is among the most debated issues families face today.

Age your child got their own:

For those who have rules about content, how often do you enforce rules on the amount of time a child can use technology?

Which of the following belong specifically to your child?

Smartphone

12.1

Tablet

9.9

Laptop

12.1

Smartphone

Never

 

Age your child set up their first

social media account:

30%

4%

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Tablet

 

Once in a while

 

10%

51%

1

4

4

10

12

8

6

3

1

0

1

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Is your child allowed to use mobile devices in the following places or at the following times?

 

Laptop

Some of the time

 

When guests are visiting

Family meals

56%

21%

Bedtime

6%

16%

33%

Allowed

Not allowed

78%

63%

34%

No rules

15%

19%

32%

Most of the time

 

Older children who are always arguing

that parents are more lenient with younger siblings

will find some validation in this data:

Children who personally own a smartphone, by birth order:

32%

YOUNGEST

Only

All of the time

 

59%

62%

27%

MIDDLE

Oldest

No time rules

48%

52%

6%

SOURCE: "The Common Sense Census: Plugged-in Parents of Tweens and Teens".