New research by a Chinese university shows that parents are actually spending more time online with their kids, especially if they are internet savvy.
“In fact, parents are spending more than twice as much time online as they do offline,” the report found.
It was released on the eve of a big conference on internet freedom and privacy, hosted by the Hong Kong government.
The event is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 22.
The study, published in the Chinese language journal PLOS ONE, analysed the number of internet visits by parents with their four- and five-year-olds.
It showed that in 2017, parents were spending more hours online than offline.
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The survey also found that Chinese parents were actually spending about twice as long online as their counterparts in other countries.
“There was a very strong correlation between the number and the frequency of online visits by the parents to their kids,” the study’s authors wrote.
“As a result, it is very likely that there is a positive relationship between the amount of online time spent by the parent and the amount they spend online.”
The researchers also found a positive correlation between online time and parental well-being.
Parents who spent more time on the internet were happier than those who didn’t.
Online time and parents’ well-beings: China’s parents spend an average of 15 hours per week online, according to the study.
In 2017, they spent an average 15 hours online.
While Chinese parents are also spending more online time, they spend less time online.
The study found that parents spend around seven hours per day on social media, which is more than in other developed countries.
However, it found that they are spending less time on social networking sites, which are used by about 3% of Chinese parents.
In 2017 parents spent an estimated 2.5 hours on online social networking.
The researchers said it is a good time to start paying attention to what your child is doing online.
“Online is an important time for socialisation and communication.
It is important to think about what your kids are doing and to monitor what they are doing,” the authors said.
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