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5 Things I’ve Read Recently

1. The average 8- to 18-year-old now spends 7-1/2 hours every day with media, from playing video games, to watching TV, to surfing the internet.1
2. Watching TV shows is the number one way young people spend their media time.2
3. The average young person spends 2-1/4 more hours each day in front of a screen compared to young people five years ago.3
4. Seventy-five percent of teenagers and 93 percent of teenagers older than 18 now have a cell phone.4 Today 58 percent of 12-year-olds now have a cell phone as well.5
5. Three out of four young people (ages 8 to 18) now own an mp3 music player (such an iPod) compared to only 18 percent of young people five years ago.6

Here’s My Take on It:

Once kids start watching a TV show or playing a video game, it’s hard to get them to stop. That’s why it’s important to set limits before kids get comfortable in front of a screen. I’ve found that talking about this issue with my kids helps, but not always in ways I expect. When I first started discussing screen time with my kids, they were quick to point out how much time I spend in front of the computer. It was easy for me to say it was for work, but then they’d counter about how the computer was essential for their schoolwork. So when you start setting limits on screen time, get ready for a conversation that may also change how much time you spend in front of a screen as well.

Talk Further

Ask your kids: “How much time do you spend watching TV, surfing the internet, or playing video games each day?”

Explore Further

Do kids spend too much time in front of screen each day? What do you think? Share your comments below.

Footnotes

1-3. Kaiser Family Foundation, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds (Washington, DC: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010), 2.
4-5. Amanda Lenhart, Kristen Purcell, Aaron Smith, and Kathryn Zickur, Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults, (Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center, 2010), 4.
6. Kaiser Family Foundation, ibid.

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Thanks so much for this. I’m a blogger out of Cleburne, United States and what I just read here on parentfurther.com couldn’t be
written much better. Perusing this article reminds me of my old roommate, Raul.

He always kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this information to him.
Pretty sure he will have a good time reading this.

I am thankful to you you for sharing this.

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These statistics just caught me off guard. I think the fact that 75% of teenagers have cell phones is the most surprising to me for some reason. I knew that it was a high percentage, but I didn’t realize that it was that high. The 93% of teenagers over the age of 18 doesn’t surprise me as much, however. I know that we have decided not to allow our children to have cell phones until they are 18. They do have one simple cell phone that they share if they are with friends just in case of an emergency (it has limited capabilities). It doesn’t have texting or any sort of sms blast capabilities. I think it’s important to limit your children’s time in front of a screen. For ours, they fight it a little, but overall it has proved to be a positive. We get a lot more quality family time and our kids seem to be very happy!

Hi,

Dr. David Walsh of Mind Positive Parenting recommends zero screen time for children under the age of two, no more than one hour of screen time for children ages two to six, and no more than two hours of screen time for school-aged children. Screen time includes video games, television, and any hand held devices. You can learn more about screen time here: http://drdavewalsh.com/posts/3

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What I want to know is hox long should 9 year olds should be playing?

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