DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20213315

Exposure and use of digital media among under-five children

Shajeeda Babusabgari, Bhavani Bangarkodi Balakrishna

Abstract


Background: The use of digital media, such as television, smart phones, tablets, iPod has become a significant part of children’s lives. Children's exposure to digital media is increasing, as are concerns about the impact that screen time has on children and families. The study evaluates the exposure and use of digital media among under five children.

Methods: The study was conducted among mothers of under-five children attending Paediatric outpatient department of a hospital. The sample included 150 mothers of under-five children. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data on selected demographic variables. A modified rating scale was used to elicit data regarding the exposure and use of digital media among under-five children.

Results: Around half of children were exposed to smartphones between 1-2 years of age. During infancy around forty percent of children were exposed to smart phones. More than half the mothers used mobile devices while doing household chores. A higher proportion of under five children had increased screen time and large proportion (65.3%) of under-five children had high levels of exposure to digital media.

Conclusions: A significant number of under five children were using the digital media and screen time exposure exceeded than that of recommended limit.


Keywords


Digital media, Under-five children, Mother, Screen time

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