A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that kids between the ages of 8 to 18 are spending more than 53 hours a week (7:38 hours/day) using entertainment media. Ten years ago, that figure was 43 hours a week.
Other key findings as summarized to nicely by The Washington Post:
“ — Television still dominates among young people, followed by music, computers and video games. TV watched online and over phones has contributed to television viewing.
– Kids spend 38 minutes a day reading a print publication, compared to 43 minutes a day 10 years ago.
– When parents want to restrict or reduce media use, they can. But few parents enforce the rules they set.
– Nearly half of all heavy users of media platforms have C grades or lower, compared with 23 percent of light users.
– The biggest users of media are black and Hispanic youths in their early teen years”
One interesting part of the study found that kids are so good at multi-tasking between their technologies that their usage time is in reality more like 10 hours and 45 minutes a day than 7.38.
OK so now think about it truly: How much time are they spending on their smart phones, the computer, the TV, the video games, hand-held video games, hand-held TV, TV in the car …
I don’t think Rose gets more than one to two hours a day at the most because I have to pull her away to do homework. I think because Walsh’s homework isn’t daily but sent home on the weekend I let him play on the computer far longer than he should. He’s on probably two to three hours a day. I often let him play while I’m working on homework with Rose or making dinner.
How are you setting limits? How are you enforcing those limits? Do you think their grades have dropped as the study indicates?