Family stress during pandemic linked to problematic media use among kids

Family stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with problematic media use by children and teenagers, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
Additionally, about a third of surveyed children were found to be engaging in media use classified as “problematic,” meaning addictive media use leading to social, behavioral or academic issues.
Such findings align with recent studies, which found that more screen time during COVID-19 pandemic has negative effects on pediatric mental health, and that adolescents’ screen time doubled during the pandemic.
Emily Kroshus,

Family stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with problematic media use by children and teenagers, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
Additionally, about a third of surveyed children were found to be engaging in media use classified as “problematic,” meaning addictive media use leading to social, behavioral or academic issues.
Such findings align with recent studies, which found that more screen time during COVID-19 pandemic has negative effects on pediatric mental health, and that adolescents’ screen time doubled during the pandemic.
Emily Kroshus,