Survey shows that 47% of U.S. parents think their kids are addicted... to mobile devices
These same parents responded that nearly three-quarters of their kids have access to a connected mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. 60% of the youngsters own their own device, while 14% share a phone or tablet with someone else. 24% of the kids do not have a connected mobile device to use. Interestingly, 50% of the parents are not concerned about these devices affecting their kids' mental health, while the remaining 50% do have concerns.
Parents do admit that they are the ones responsible for limiting their kids' mobile device usage and keeping them away from inappropriate images on streaming video app/site YouTube. 60% of the grown-ups said that YouTube does an acceptable job at preventing kids from seeing videos that they are too young to view. 36% disagree, calling the video streamer's efforts in this area "poor." Only 40% of the parents employ YouTube's parental controls. While 37% said that they do not avail themselves to this feature, 22% didn't even know that they were being offered by YouTube in the first place.
Lastly, only 68% of the parents responding to the survey feel as though they are addicted to their mobile device. 32% said that they can't live without their smartphone or tablet. Sounds like there are quite a few adults in denial.