Culture Post: A Majority of Parents Allow Kids to Take Devices to Bed, But Only One in Three Monitor Usage

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MediaPost.

According to a recent study, most parents allow their children to take their Internet-connected devices to bed, but most also put a limit on how much time their children can spend using those devices per day.

The study, conducted by OnePoll for Intel Security, comprised a survey of 13,000 adults who use an Internet-connected device on a daily basis. Consumers were surveyed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

The majority (76%) of parents allow their child to bring an Internet-connected device to bed, while only a third (32%) of parents monitor their child’s use of the device in the bedroom.

Overall, almost all (90%) parents typically put a limit on how much time their child can spend using Internet-connected devices each day. Here’s how much time children are allowed per day:

  • 48% — One to two hours
  • 21% — Less than one hour
  • 21% — Three to four hours
  • 6% — More than four hours
  • 5% — No time limit

Weekends are slightly different, with 12% of parents saying children should have unlimited device usage.

When parents don’t allow their child to take their Internet-connected devices to bed, most (60%) encounter no issues.

To monitor device usage, more than a third (36%) of parents keep the device in their possession and give it to their child when they are there to monitor, while 23% use software to monitor online behavior.

Source: MediaPost

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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