Children’s After-School Activities

S. L. Hofferth
January 1, 2000

This paper examines how children spend their discretionary time, factors that are associated with their activities during that time, and the degree of supervision they experience during these activities. The authors find that location, activities, and supervision are closely related; when children are at after-school care or day care, they watch little TV, but they don’t study or read; when they are elsewhere they tend to shop and play sports. When at home, children tend to study, play, watch TV, and read; while these activities may seem optimal to some parents, the tradeoff is that supervision tends to be lowest at home and highest elsewhere.