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Children Stuck at Home Are Getting More Screen Time Than Ever

A boy does a mathematics exercise on a laptop during home schooling in Charleroi on March 25.
A boy does a mathematics exercise on a laptop during home schooling in Charleroi on March 25.Photographer: Virginie LeFour/AFP via Getty Images
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For David Krieger’s kids in south Florida, screens were a weekend treat. Now, every day is iPad-appropriate.

The family’s schedule tries to cap the fun time on screens for the two kids to an hour between their educational activities, both also on electronic displays: a Zoom reading class, and an online drawing session. But the limit never sticks. With two working parents, “it is a necessity,” Krieger says.