Kids & screen time

Kids used to love screen time. Then schools made Zoom mandatory all day long.

SAN FRANCISCO — At 8:30 a.m. every weekday, Sadie Barnett’s 9-year-old daughter opens her laptop and logs on to Zoom to start the school day. For the next 6½ hours, she’s not allowed to turn off the computer’s camera except for a midday lunch break. Along with the 94 other children on the call, she isn’t allowed to eat or drink on camera, wear pajamas or lounge or lie down.

In her first full week of fourth grade, she has already cried twice because her head hurt from squinting at the screen.