Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

October 19, 2017 - 12:01 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A survey finds that children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV or using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes.

The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media that was released Thursday examined the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children age 8 and younger.

The survey found that less affluent children spend nearly three-and-a-half hours daily watching TV and using varied devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and video game players.

By comparison, youngsters in higher-income homes spend just under two hours on such activities

The report also found that Latino parents expressed more concern than African-American or white parents about what their children are exposed to in media, including sex and violence.

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