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Overuse of social media/screen time and bullying/cyberbullying are the top 2 concerns among parents overall. Black parents rate racism as the top health concern for kids in the US. Almost half of parents rate COVID-19 as a “big problem.”
1 in 2 parents say COVID-19 has substantially decreased the time children spend with extended family members. Over half of parents say it is very important that their child sees extended family and shares in family holiday traditions. 1 in 3 parents feel the benefits of gathering with family for Thanksgiving are worth the risk of spreading or getting COVID-19.
1 in 12 parents report their teen has attended a demonstration and/or other event about racism or policing reform. 1 in 2 Black parents say thinking about police brutality and racism causes stress for their teen, as do 1 in 4 White parents. White parents are nearly twice as likely than Black parents to believe teens do not belong at demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
Only 1 in 3 parents believe it is more important for their child to get flu vaccine this year compared to previous years, despite public health recommendations. Among parents who will not seek flu vaccine for their child this year, 1 in 7 say they are keeping their child away from health care sites due to concerns about COVID. Less than half of parents say their child's regular health care provider strongly recommends flu vaccination this year.
4 in 10 parents describe disagreements with grandparents about discipline, meals, screen time and other parenting choices. Among parents who asked a grandparent to be more consistent with parenting choices, 17% say the grandparent refused their request. Parents are more likely to limit the amount of time children see grandparents who refuse to respect parenting choices.
9 in 10 parents say it is very important to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. Nearly half of parents choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 45 for their child. 1 in 3 parents do not re-apply sunscreen on their child on a cloudy day.
1 in 3 parents use a bug repellent on their child that contains DEET. Nearly half of parents give their children oral antihistamines to help with itching from bites. Parents are twice as concerned about ticks transmitting diseases than they are about mosquitoes.
1 in 20 parents say their tween currently uses health apps. 2 in 3 parents are concerned about their tween being targeted by ads from health apps. Most parents want input from their tween’s health care provider on using health apps, but only 3% have talked with their tween’s provider. 38% of parents would not allow their tween to use an app that tracks health information.
3 in 4 parents of school-age children say they have talked about inappropriate touching, compared to less than half of parents of preschoolers. 2 in 5 parents report not receiving any information on how to talk with their child about inappropriate touching. 3 in 4 parents want their child’s school or preschool to provide information for parents on how to talk about inappropriate touching.
3 in 4 parents say their home tap water is safe for their child to drink. 1 in 3 parents believe the city or county would notify them if there was a problem with their home water supply. Two-thirds of parents from higher-income households report that both home tap water and school drinking fountains are safe for their child to drink, compared to only half of lower-income parents.