Parents are a vital link in the learning habits of their children. eSchool News published an article "Six new changes in children’s media habits" (October 28, 2013) that shows how much media impacts the daily lives of children.
"Children’s use of mobile devices and mobile apps has jumped dramatically in the past two years, doubling and tripling in some cases, according to results from a large national Common Sense Media report."
"The report reveals a marked increase in children who use mobile devices every day–from 8 percent in 2011 to 17 percent today. The amount of time children spend using these devices has tripled, jumping from 5 minutes a day among all children in 2011 to 15 minutes in 2013....Almost two times the number of children ages 0-8 have used a mobile device (72 percent) as compared to 2011′s results (38 percent)."
The key findings listed in the report are as follows:
1. Children’s access to mobile media devices is much greater today than two years ago.
2. Roughly twice as many children use mobile media today than in 2011.
3. “Traditional” screen media use, such as television and video games, has decreased by more than 30 minutes per day.
4. Children still spend most of their media time watching television, but viewing habits have changed.
5. Poor and minority children have more access to mobile devices and apps than they did two years ago, but a large access gap still remains.
6. Television is the most common platform for children’s educational content.
For added details pertaining to these findings, I suggest reading the entire article.
What are your reactions to these findings? Do any of them surprise you?