A survey of 1000 teenagers and their parents shows that electronic devices are causing sleep and study problems for teenagers as they come up to important end of year exams.
The survey, commissioned by cyber safety platform, Family Zone, found teenagers are being robbed of valuable sleep time in the lead-up to exams due to a combination of stress and too much time on social media through their mobile phones and laptops. With the very devices that they are using to study being a constant distraction.
Cyber expert, David Kobler, said “The survey confirms what every student and parent know, mobile devices are affecting study and sleep times, especially in the distractions social media presents 24 hours a day.
“Digital devices are critical for all students for study purposes these days, so they need to be within arms-reach, but this also means so is the distraction to use them for non-study purposes, it's a tough balancing act for students and parents."
300 schools in Australia and the US are now using Family Zone to manage student internet access and filter material on students’ mobile devices.