The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

Children age 8 and younger spend an average of two hours and nineteen minutes a day with screen media, about the same as they did in 2011, but the share that is spent with mobile media is growing rapidly, a report from Common Sense Media finds. The report, The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight (64 pages, PDF), found that the average amount of time children spent on mobile devices has grown from 5 minutes (4 percent of total screen time) in 2011 to 48 minutes (35 percent) in 2017, while time spent watching television and DVDs and on computers and video game players all declined. The report also found that while nearly all (98 percent) children in the survey live in a home with some type of mobile device, a digital divide in access to computers and high-speed Internet still exists, although it is narrowing, and that children in lower-income families now spend more than twice as much time with screens, especially television, as those in higher-income families. While the survey found no statistically significant difference in overall screen time by gender or race/ethnicity, Latino parents were the most concerned about their children’s use of screen media, while African-American parents were most likely to say that their children benefited from media use.