Screen Time Out: Managing Electronic Media Use by Children and Adolescents

Screen Routines: Tweens and Adolescents

photo of teens on couch, all using smartphones

8 through 12 years:

  • Spend nearly 6 hours a day engaging with entertainment media. Most of that time—4:36 hours—is spent with screen media such as TV, videos, games, social media, and browsing websites. This does not include time spent at school or for homework.

13 through 18 years:

  • Spend nearly 9 hours a day with entertainment media. Most of that time—6:40 hours—is spent with screen media. This does not include time spent at school or for homework.

Source: The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens (Common Sense Media, 2015)

“Young people are far more likely to have heard from their parents about online safety and responsibility than about how much time they spend using media” (Common Sense Media, 2015). “For example, more than eight in 10 teens say their parents have spoken with them about staying safe online (86 percent) or being responsible and respectful online (85 percent), but just over half (53 percent) say their parents have spoken with them about how much time they can spend using media.”

Quick Quiz

How many adolescents have a smartphone or access to one?

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Did you know?

Constant Contact

  • 25 percent of adolescents say they are “constantly connected” to the internet.
  • More than 70 percent have a portfolio of social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram to share photos and videos or to chat.

Game Day is Every Day

Video games remain popular, especially among boys:

  • 91 percent of boys have access to a game console.
  • 84 percent play video games online or on a smartphone.