How often does your child watch TV?

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Nowadays, most kids are frequently plugged into devices like TV, tablets or phones. Technology can be a part of a healthy childhood, but too much screen time can be a bad thing for kids. Some say that kids’ TV can be good for education, but parents have varying opinions on the impact of children’s educational media. Thus, about 3 percent of parents in 2017 strongly disagreed with the fact that they were satisfied with the amount of educational media available for kids. About 17 percent of parents strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the amount of educational media available for their child.

Next, let’s take a look at the statistics on TV consumption habits among children in the United States in 2017. In that year, about 28 percent of parents stated that their child watched TV several times a day, while 25 percent said that their kid watched TV just once a day.

The number of surveyed parents who said that their child watched TV several times a week amounted to 25 percent — once a week, just 8 percent. Approximately 8 percent of parents said that their child watched TV less often than once per week. Surprisingly, about 9 percent of the respondents’ children have never watched television.

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The numbers say that many parents in the U.S. place limits on their children’s media consumption. In 2017, about 94 percent of parents said that they pay attention to the content of the games the child play, which is obviously a good policy. Many parents (75 percent) place limits on video game playing time, while more than 70 percent of parents stated that they place limits on internet usage. About 68 percent of the surveyed parents stated that they placed time limits on TV viewing for their child, while 61 percent placed time limits on movie viewing.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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