Plugged-in parents rack up screen time

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WASHINGTON (NBC News) – A new study finds between posting pictures on Facebook, exploring Pinterest projects, tweeting, texting, e-mailing and binge-watching television, parents spend an average of nine hours and 22 minutes every day using media and technology. That’s mostly entertainment screen time, not work.

The study from Common Sense Media is based on a nationally representative survey of nearly 1,800 parents of tweens and teenagers.

“This study shows that while parents spend over nine hours a day with screen media, 78 percent of American parents think that they’re very good media and tech role models for their kids. So there’s a pretty big disconnect there,” says James Steyer of Common Sense Media.

Outside experts say digital devices create subconscious habits.

“We may not be great at stepping back and recognizing ‘Oh I was on Facebook for an hour and a half today’,” says Dr. Jenny Radesky of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

To reduce screen time and increase face-to-face time Common Sense Media suggests laying down a few household rules, like device-free dinners.

The study also found just over half of surveyed parents are aware of the apps on their kids’ devices, and about 39 percent say they know what their child sees on social media.

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