Media and Children

Every day children are exposed to the best and worst of our society thorough media. The media include television, radio, Internet, video games, and other forms of electronic devices. For better or worse, media impacts children's achievement, behavior, and health. Significant mediating factors include parental supervision, amount and type of media, and child characteristics.

The results of a nationwide survey of 3,155 youngsters found that the average American child has access to an impressive array of electronic media—three televisions, three tape players, three radios, two CD players, one video game player, and one computer. They found that children 8 to 18 years of age average nearly 6.75 hours with media every day. Sixty-five percent of these children and adolescents watch TV with their meals and have ...

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