Latino children log more excess screen time, study finds

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Children of color spent more extra time in front of screens than their white peers during the first year of the pandemic, according to a Study Published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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why it matters: There’s more screen time affiliated With weight gain, “greater exposure to food advertising” and binge eating, as well as increased stress, according to the study.

  • Those factors can worsen health outcomes for children of color, who already face systemic health barriers such as Less insurance rates, higher obesity rates and Less Access to preventive medicine.

What they found: According to the study, non-academic screen time for adolescents doubled from an average of 3.8 daily hours before the pandemic to 7.7 hours per day.

  • That daily average was significantly higher for Black (10 hours) and Hispanic (8.7 hours) children.
  • The study’s authors suggest this is due to “lack of financial resources or lack of access to safe outdoor locations” to carry out other types of activities.
  • Asian and white non-Hispanic children had an average of 6.8 hours.
  • Most of that screen time was spent on streaming, playing video games and browsing the web.

do not forgetWhile non-academic screen time increased for groups, so did many black and Latino children suffered academic setbacks Due to lack of internet connectivity and no access to computers and tablets for online classes during the pandemic.


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