Axios: Screen time among children has risen steadily during the novel coronavirus pandemic, which could impact melatonin production and sleep schedules.

Despite massive screen time increases, most parents feel less stressed about balancing screen time now than before, in part because screen time at home is now the safest option for kids to be able to socialize and learn.

Axios spoke with more than a dozen parents of kids from different ages, states and socioeconomic backgrounds about screen time during the pandemic.

For younger kids, more screen time may be a result of parents not feeling as comfortable letting small children play outside with neighborhood friends without supervision during the workday.

For older kids, screen time has become a lifeline to socialization.

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