Staying current with parents' media experience
Digital Wellness Pulse Surveys are an ongoing series of surveys conducted periodically throughout the year to “take the pulse” of the nation on topics related to children and adolescents’ media use. The earliest surveys in the series asked parents about their child's use of media and its impact on their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Future surveys will cover a range of topics that help us better understand parents’ and kids’ perspectives on different aspects of the digital environment.
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Adolescent Media Use: Attitudes, Effects, and Online Experience

Pulse Survey: August 2022
In our most recent Pulse Survey, Adolescent Media Use: Attitudes, Effects, and Online Experience, the Digital Wellness Lab surveyed 1,480 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 to learn more about how they perceive their individual media use and its effects on their health and well-being.

Children's First Cell Phones: Parents’ Perspectives on Risks and Benefits

Pulse Survey: December 2021
In this Pulse Survey about kids’ cell phone ownership, parents reported that connection and safety were the primary motivators for getting a child a cell phone. Notably, parents whose children do not have phones were more concerned about potential consequences than parents of children with phones.
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Parents’ Perspectives: Summer Media Use and the Return to School

Pulse Survey #2: September 2021
In our second Pulse Survey, parents reported that their children used increased amounts of media during the summer. Overall they saw this use as mainly helpful to their children's social connections, well-being, and school readiness. In addition, children were both anxious and excited for this upcoming school year.
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Parents’ Perspectives: Media Use & Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pulse Survey #1: March 2021
Respondents of our first survey said that in the past year, technology has changed the way children connect with others, both in and out of school. In addition, media use has had positive and negative effects on their children’s health and well-being.