In this article, the author summarizes the findings of a Kaiser Family Foundation study tracking the time youths spend using electronic devices including computers, cell phones, and televisions. Focus on what the study shows about children’s consumption of technology, and what effects this consumption might have on young people.
In these sections of the Kaiser Family Foundation report, the overall media use of young people is presented and analyzed. Focus on the key findings regarding media use and media ownership of children.
In this article, the authors discuss the digital divide, which refers to the lack of exposure to technology that many low-income children experience. Focus on implications of, reasons for, and possible solutions to the digital divide.
In this article, Barbara Jansen examines how safety laws and Internet filters affect the use of technology in schools. Focus on federal Internet requirements for schools and how the need for safety has resulted in controversy over intellectual freedom.
As this week’s Learning Resources show, the use of media and technology continues to grow among school-age children. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children between the ages of 8–10 spend almost 5.5 hours a day consuming media, while children ages 11–14 spend over 8.5 hours consuming media each day. These developments have inevitably raised questions about how media use affects children’s development and whether or not limits should be placed on the time children spend consuming media. In this Discussion, you will consider what place technology and media should assume in the lives of children. Reflect on the following: