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How Media Affects Children Infographic


How Media Affects Children Infographic

Today’s children are deeply impacted and consumed by media and technology. The How Media Affects Children Infographic provides a deeper look into the effects of media and technology on kids eight and under in the U.S.

Kids’ Exposure to Media

Percent of children ages 0-8 who have each item in their bedroom

  • TV 42%
  • DVD/VCR player 29%
  • Video game console player 11%
  • Computer 4%

Children under 2 spend over 2x the time watching TV and videos as reading books.

  • Average time spent on TV and Videos: 53 minutes/day
  • Average time spent reading books: 23 minutes/day

How do our children spend their time with digital media? (ages 0-8)

Average Time Spent With Media (ages 0-8) daily on each device

– Watching TV, DVDs, or videos

  • TV on a TV set 1:52
  • DVDs 1:35
  • TV/Videos on a computer :56
  • TV/Videos on a cell, iPod or iPad :40
  • Reading/being read to :47
  • Listening to music 1:12

– Playing media games

  • Console video games 1:15
  • Computer games :57
  • Handheld game player :59
  • Cell/iPod/iPad games :30

– Other computer activities

  • Educational software 1:01
  • Homework 1:20
  • Anything else :38
  • Using any screen media 2:58

Percentage of daycare centers that use TV during a typical day: 70%

Parental Concerns

  • 73% of parents who would like to limit their children’s TV watching
  • 66% of parents talk to their child about the dangers of social media sites
  • 53% of parents count on their children to tell them if a problem occurs
  • 43% follow their children on the their social media sites
  • 39% set parental privacy settings

Top Parent’s Concerns of Social Media’s Impact on kids: ages 1-12

  • Violation of privacy 67%
  • Sexting/Inappropriate sexual behavior 64%
  • Cyber bullying/verbal abuse 56%
  • Identity theft/fraud 54%
  • Lack of ambition/enthusiasm 54%

42% were pessimistic, agreeing with a second statement that in 2020 young technology users would be easily distracted, lack deep thinking skills and thirst only for instant gratification

The Teacher’s Perspective

  • 79% teachers use media and technology as a teaching tool
  • 74% say incorporating tablets into the classroom would be helpful to their students’ learning
  • 26% say it would mainly be a distraction to learning

Percent of teachers who say students’ media use has hurt their:

  • Attention Span 71%
  • Writing 58%
  • Face-to-face communication 59%
  • Homework 48%
  • Critical Thinking 42%

Teachers who say student’s entertainment media use has a positive or negative effect:

  • sexualization: negative 67%; positive 3%; hasn’t made a difference 28%
  • anti-social behaviors negative 61%; positive 2%; hasn’t made a difference 34%
  • ideas about the value of education negative 48%; positive 6%: hasn’t made a difference 44%
  • attitudes toward adults negative 61%; positive 2%; hasn’t made a difference 34% Self-esteem negative 43%; positive 6%; hasn’t made a difference 49%

Via: www.early-childhood-education-degrees.com

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