C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health conducts regular surveys several times each year polling adults in around 2000 randomly selected, nationally representative households, about significant health issues that relate to children. The goal of this survey and others in the C.S. Mott program is to collect information and identify trends that are useful to health providers, community public health organizations, and public policymakers.
One of these surveys on children’s health asks adults to rate the issues or problems that are of greatest concern when it comes to kids’ health.
This year, 2015, parents rated internet safety as the fourth most important health problem for children, moving from eighth place in 2014. Sexting, which was in 13th place in 2014, was rated as the sixth greatest health concern for children in the 2015 survey.
These findings indicate that 21st Century parents are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of their kids in today’s media-dense environment. Increasingly today’s adults seek to focus on the digital health and wellness of their children and seek to learn how to parent digital natives more effectively and more positively.
In the video below, Matthew Davis, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, explains the survey results and how they can be used. You can also read my post about the C.S. Mott Children’s Health survey on sharenting