MCDS Parent

Tech Survey Results

MAY 2019

Welcome to the MCDS Parent Tech Report for May 2019. These data were collected from MCDS parents via survey links (emailed directly and also linked via the Pipeline). Participation in the survey was voluntary; names were not required.

We recommend you begin by scrolling through the headlines below, then find your child's grade from the pulldown menu (top-right on desktop; top-left on mobile) to review more specific data.

Thank you as always for your commitment to thoughtful parenting in the digital age!

-The MCDS Tech Department

๐Ÿ“ฐ Fall-to-spring TRENDS: HARDWARE & SOFTWARE

HARDWARE:

  • Between October 2018 and May 2019, we saw a significant increase in Upper Schoolers (5th-8th graders) who have their own smartphone and/or computer.
  • Other than that, access to hardware remained consistent within each grade/category, between October and May, with the one other exception being an uptick in e-readers in 3rd grade:

SOFTWARE / ACCESS TO CONTENT:

  • From October to May, the most significant change was increased access to video streaming (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) in all grades.
  • Grades 6-8 saw an uptick in students who use home assistants like Alexa or Google Home.
  • Cases where the % changed by 15 points or more, are highlighted here with a red border:

๐Ÿ’ป SCREEN TIME

On average, my ____ grader is allowed _____ of independent screen time in a normal 7-day week. (This excludes family movies, extracurricular coding classes, screen-based homework, etc.)

KINDERGARTEN

weekly screen time

1ST GRADE

weekly screen time

Within each grade, we saw a variety of weekly screen-time allowances, though screen-time generally increases with age.

2ND GRADE

weekly screen time

3RD GRADE

weekly screen time

4TH GRADE

weekly screen time

5TH GRADE

weekly screen time

6TH GRADE

weekly screen time

7TH GRADE

weekly screen time

8TH GRADE

weekly screen time

๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ attitudes & resources

  • Within our community, we have a wide variety of concerns and priorities when it comes to our childrenโ€™s use of technology.
  • In every grade, most families feel their tech rules at home are "mostly defined. We are good on this, but could be better."
  • See grade-specific trends in digital parenting concerns via the pulldown menu on this site (top-right on desktop; top-left on mobile).

๐Ÿ“Š Sample size

  • Overall, 30% of all students are represented in these data, including:
    • 34% of Lower School students, and
    • 26% of Upper School students.

We hope this report will prove helpful in terms of context-based decision making and other digital-parenting resources.

As always, we encourage you to explore mcdstech.org/parents, which we update regularly with carefully curated resources.

Thank you again!