New Research Shows Low Parental Guilt Around Tech Devices 29605

Only two percent of parents report feeling severe guilt for allowing their children to use tablets and other mobile tech devices, according to a new study released today by the app development company Ruckus Media Group and the research company Play Science.

The findings, which were presented at the Sandbox Summit at MIT, are based on a national online survey of 300 parents of 4-8-year-old children.  All of the parents surveyed have computers in their homes, 78 percent have smartphones, and 65 percent have tablet devices.

The study found that 56 percent of parents feel "some guilt" for letting their children watch videos, play games, and read on mobile devices, though only a small number of parents feel significant guilt around the issue.  Further, the study found a relationship between parental guilt and how parents perceive the educational value of the applications they use.

According to the study, guilt-free parents are:

  • 200 percent more likely to believe that the apps they let their kids use are "educational"
  • 68 percent more likely to list educational value as the most important aspect of an application
  • 81 percent more likely to think it's important to play games on mobile devices with their children
  • 22 percent more interested in getting feedback on what their child is learning from applications

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