New York, December 22
As millions of parents still struggle to cope with the pandemic amid an extended remote learning phase, a national poll in the US has revealed that they are most concerned about the overuse of social media and screen time, internet safety, unhealthy eating, depression and suicide and lack of physical activity.
Almost half of parents also described COVID-19, the disease itself, as a “big problem” impacting kids, coming in at No 10, according to the CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine.
“This is an especially challenging time for families, with many children experiencing significant changes in routine that may negatively impact their health and wellbeing,” said Mott Poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary Freed.
Parents’ biggest concerns for young people seem to be associated with changes in lifestyle as a result of the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has turned the world of our children and teens upside down in many ways and this is reflected in how parents rate health issues in 2020,” Freed said in a university statement.
However, Black parents rated racism as their top health concern for children and teens, with COVID-19 coming in at the second spot.
Racism did not make the top 10 health issues for US children among white parents and COVID-19 much lower on among their concerns.
According to the researchers, it is not surprising that the top three issues on parents’ list of concerns are related to screen use.
Children are spending more time online because of virtual school or not