'Half of parents’ concerned about kids' spending long periods at computer screens

By Simon Kay |

June 21, 2013 | 2 min read

A major survey on childhood habits in the UK revealed parental anxiety regarding the effects of the digital technology on children.

Over half of the parents surveyed were concerned at the amount of time children spent in front of screens

The survey of nearly 2000 parents, by Super Camps, a children’s holiday provider, showed that over half (53 per cent) of parents said, “too much staring at screens” was their biggest concern for their children.

Access to pornography on the internet, and the abundance of casual violence and inappropriate content on TV, both figured prominently as matters for concern. 38 per cent of parents said they wished their children were exposed to less violence on TV.

Guy Ker, Managing Director of Super Camps, said: “The survey reveals a deep anxiety with the pressures of modern life. Many parents feel very uncertain about the digital revolution shaping our lives. They can see their children spending too much time in front of computers and TV’s, and are very anxious about the messages they are being exposed to.

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“A deep yearning for a simpler, less complicated childhood seems to permeate many of the comments. They want their children to get out into the fresh air and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Having said that though, most parents feel their children are happy – and that is a great reflection on their families, friends, teachers, and the people who play an important role in their lives.”

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