With over 55 million children now at home due to the coronavirus and spending more and more time with screens than ever before, Common Sense’s reviews and advice are more important than ever. And so are EyeJust screen protectors. Because more time on screens means less sleep for our kids.
Common Sense’s 2019 study, The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep found that 36% of teens wake up to check their mobile devices at least once during the night and 68% of kids sleep with their phones within arms reach or actually in bed, leaving them susceptible to being woken up in the middle of the night by notifications. Research shows that this kind of disrupted sleep has a negative impact on kids’ well-being and even academic performance.
Key findings from Screens and Sleep:
40% of teenagers and 26% of parents said they used a mobile device, such as a smartphone or a tablet, within five minutes of going to sleep.
Teenagers were more than twice as likely as adults to sleep with a phone in bed, with 29% of teenagers and 12% of adults admitting to the practice.
52% of parents said they spent too much time on mobile devices, nearly twice as many as in 2016. Among teenagers, only 39% said they spent too much time on devices, a steep decline from 61%.
The share of parents who felt "addicted" to their devices rose to 45% from 27%, while the share of teenagers who said the same fell to 39% from 50%.
Common Sense is helping parents navigate through their kids’ exponential increase in screen time and the transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to support them with their reviews and advice long afterwards.
Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, they are building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.