Parents in the US are worried about their children's use of smartphones

As more and more studies emerge about the use of smartphones and social media in our daily lives, many parents are worried. Can smartphones have an adverse effect on young children?

In a recent study by nonprofit Common Sense Media, nearly half of the adults surveyed said that their children exhibited addictive behaviour in their use of a smartphone. But parents were split over whether new technologies are actually harming the mental-health of children.

As this chart by Statista shows, 50% of the parents surveyed were worried about their child’s smartphone use and its effect on their mental health. But parents were far more in agreement when it came to determining whose responsibility it is to curb a child’s mobile phone use: 89% said that it was up to parents to decide when their kids have spent enough time on a device.

Chart of the dayJenny Cheng/Business Insider

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