Parents Less Likely to Enforce Screen Time When Stressed, Study Says

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The pandemic has put strain on families all over the world in more ways than one. It’s no surprise that parents have revised their previous rules to maintain a happy quarantine life—including screen time. Now, a new study is pointing that these rules are, unsurprisingly, thrown out more frequently when parents face increased stress.

The study, conducted by University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and published in the Journal of Children and Media, found that parents with young children and higher levels of life or parenting stress were less likely to monitor and limit their children’s screen use. Plus, they were more likely to use their own devices in front of their kids.

The study surveyed 64 parents from 39 families that had kids ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years. Researchers asked the parents about their stress, whether they monitored and/or limited their children’s…

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