Stunning Media Use for Kids

Kara Powell | Jan 29, 2010

OK, I don’t consider myself naive when it comes to kids’ use of media. But even I was surprised by this study by the Kaiser Family Foundation about kids’ media use. Parents and youth workers should check out this study.

Some interesting highlights:

-Average media use is over 7.5 hours/day, which since kids are multi-media-tasking during those 7.5 hours is actually more like 11 hours.

-TV use is on the decline.

-Only 30% of kids say their parents set rules for their media use. But those whose parents do so end up watching less than half of the media of kids whose parents don’t set rules.

-2/3 of kids say the TV is on during meals at home and almost half say the TV is on “most of the time”.

Even I am stunned. Are you?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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