An Investigation of the Relationship Between School Take-home Assignments and Parents' Screen Time rules for Children
Methods: Participants were parents (N=298) of 4th grade students from seven schools in a rural Texas county. Data on various variables about rules for screen time (E.g., less than 2 hours TV/ day) and school assignments related to physical activity and TV watching were analyzed. Descriptive analyses were conducted. Multinomial logistic regression models were performed on rules for TV and related behaviors using school assignments as predictors.
Results: Not many parents reported schools assigned take-home activities to increase physical activity (35.1%) or decrease TV watching (33.7%). Most parents set rules for TV/DVD and Internet use for their children. If the children brought home assignments to increase physical activity, their parents were about 3 times more likely to ask them to watch TV/DVD less than 2 hours/day (B=1.026, Exp (B)=2.790, SE=.337, p<.01), and about 3.5 times more likely to ask them to exercise first before using TV/computer (B=1.247, Exp(B)=3.480, SE=.547, p<.05). If children brought home assignments to decrease screen time, their parents were about 2 times more likely to set restrictions on internet use (B=.657, Exp(B)=1.928, SE=.326, p<.05) .
Conclusion: A strong link between parents’ screen time rules and school take-home assignments exists. Greater effort is needed to strengthen the home-school dyad.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Social and behavioral sciences
Analyze whether school take-home assignments or activities influences parents' screen time rules for their children
Keyword(s): Child Health Promotion, Behavioral Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked as a graduate assistant on the School Wellness and Advocacy Project. My research interests include school health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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