More tweens and teens streaming videos than ever before


When was the last time you drove through a neighborhood and saw kids playing outside?

The number of young Americans, ages eight to 18, watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to a survey.

The average tween spent four hours and 44 minutes with entertainment media on digital devices each day.

For teens, it was seven hours and 22 minutes.

This generation quickly shifted from traditional television to streaming services via smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Kelsey Seybold's Pediatrician Dr. Pamela Sanders said it’s very concerning for children to spend more than an hour a day of entertainment of screen time, whether it be videos, TV, movies, online, cell phone, social media,.

"There are correlations between how much screen time a kid is spending and how much junk food and sweetened beverages that are likely to be consumed and they're certainly just not burning up the calories to keep a good energy balance," said Sanders.

She said the biggest concern is being sedentary for so much of the day.

"Kids with limited outdoor time are more likely to become nearsighted. We see kids with some joint issues and thumbs or wrists just from so much screen time," said Sanders.

She suggested children could be reading for fun, extracurricular activities, volunteering, playing outside—with a team or individual exercise, social events, spending time with family, even finishing homework and getting to bed on time.

Sanders added for parents to be good role models themselves how they structure their time, as well as create good policies to protect family, homework and dinner time.

The majority of 8- to 18-year-olds watch online videos every day compared to roughly a quarter in 2015.

The survey found, YouTube is the drug of choice, even though its policy states the platform is not for children younger than age 13.


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