Few Parents Limit Kids' TV, Internet Time

      December 23, 2014 11:26

      Seven out of 10 households with teenage children do not limit the time their kids can spend in front of the TV, computer or smartphones, a study by the Korea Information Society Development Institute suggests.

      The institute analyzed the media usage of 1,597 homes with children aged between six and 19 and found that 31.5 percent of the families did set rules on how much time their kids spend surfing the Internet, while 29.9 percent set limits on TV viewing and 28.5 percent on the amount of time spent on computer games.

      It also analyzed smartphone usage time for the first time this year and found that only 22.9 percent set limits on how much time their children spent on their phones.

      Meanwhile the average time teens spent watching TV per day increased by nine minutes compared to last year, to two hours and three minutes. The time they spent surfing the Internet and playing computer games rose six minutes to one hour and 42 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively.

      The most common method of controlling media access was setting a time limit, with 29.2 percent setting such rules for TV viewing, 32.2 percent for Internet use, 34.5 percent on computer games and 51.4 percent on smartphones.

      "The time teenagers spent accessing media increased while fewer parents set limits," a researcher at the institute said. "Parents need to teach their kids the proper way to use media to minimize the side effects of excessive exposure."

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