KidTalk team member Parker Robbins gave a talk titled Metrics and Causes of Family Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic at the USC Center for Economic and Social Research COVID-19 Work in Progress Conference. He combined KidTalk survey data with several other large data sets to report on the relationship between family stress, economic hardship, screen time, and child care availability during the pandemic. Congratulations, Parker, on your first conference presentation!
KidTalk scientists were interviewed by the Seattle Times! Prof. Hartshorne talks about what we know about screen time: it's gone up considerably since the start of the pandemic and is tied to child care availability. He also shares what we don't know: the precise effects of screen time on brain development. Other child development experts point out that rather than worrying about screen time, parents can focus on ensuring that children have quality in-person interactions in a
EdSurge interviewed KidTalk's Principal Investigators Dr. Joshua Hartshorne and Dr. Yi Ting Huang about early findings suggesting that children’s “screen time” reflects parents’ stress levels and access to resources, not their philosophy or knowledge about child rearing. “Screen time is a symptom of a family in distress,” says Joshua Hartshorne, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Boston College. “That’s what the COVID data seems c