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Is Media Overload Ruining Your Kids? (Infographic)

Is Media Overload Ruining Your Kids? (Infographic)

When I was in elementary school, we didn’t have a television. When we visited friends or family who did, cartoons and the Nickelodeon channel seemed like magic to me. I couldn’t look away. I’d often zone out so hard that I didn’t respond when someone was speaking to me. It was never long before my parents switched off the screen and shooed us outdoors.

Now, kids have way more than just the TV screen to contend with. There are laptops, tablets, smartphones, in-car DVD players, and multiple video game consoles. Everywhere you look, teeny children are being placated with media so their parents can finish grocery shopping or keep them quiet in church.

And it isn’t only worn-out parents resorting to the “electronic babysitter”. Almost 80 percent of school teachers admit to using some type of media in the classroom. Sometimes it’s an educational video or Skype call with foreign students. But, far too often, it’s just something to keep the kids quiet on a day when there’s nothing to do.

We’ve all had parents and grandparents tell us too much TV will rot our brains, but is that true in a society where ‘going digital’ is a requirement? Scroll through the infographic below for some interesting statistics and perspectives, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.

How Is Media Affecting Kids?
Source: Early Childhood Education Degrees

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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9:03AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

GOOD PARENTING NEEDED

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

8:13AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

go outside and play or read a book. thanks for the article.

3:15AM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks

5:09PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Media is Brain Washing our children. I don't even have an iPhone and facebook but I love taking tech time-outs to play with my son. Also keeps him active instead of glued to a screen.

12:10AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Kids don't "need" this stuff. Unfortunately, things have gone so far now, that if they don't have it, they are sort of left out. Not having the stuff would make them different, and kids get picked on if there is any perception of being different. It creates an uneven playing field in school. Right now, for the most part, it is only the really poor kids that don't have the tech stuff. In a lot of ways, we have created a bit of a techno-mess for society.

8:42AM PDT on May 24, 2013

thanks

10:44PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Not long ago my wife and I were were sitting in a restuarant and I watched as a family pulled up in a mini-van. The mini-van had two video players (one for each child) in the back seat. The people came in and sat their children down and immediately opened up wireless computers so their children could watch more cartoons are whatever they were watching.

Now it is not for me to judge, but since when is life all about being constantly "entertained"? How are they ever going to learn gratification postponement or even the basic skills to entertain oneself, or read a book?

I watch everyday as my students spend every minute glued to their I-phones. I watch them letting life pass them by as they interact with their gadgets. They seem to have lost the ability to simply clear their minds, think, or daydream.

Look I think technology is a great tool, but the interaction that I see many people have with their media devices borders on the compulsive.

10:28PM PDT on May 23, 2013

If parents are worried about their kids spending too much time with media, why don't they just, I don't know, act like parents and limit their children's exposure to it? Kids don't *need* smartphones, ipads, or their own TVs and computers. They certainly don't need their own profiles on social networking sites (don't most of those have age restrictions anyway? What the hell are 8-year-olds doing on Facebook?) My parents both worked full-time throughout my childhood (and still do), but they managed to keep my brothers and me from spending all of our free time watching TV or playing video games. I know electronic gadgets are more readily available now than when I was a kid, but all parents have to do is say "no" every once in a while.

9:56PM PDT on May 23, 2013

ty

9:52PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Said for years that children do not need a computer, and ipad, a cellphone and all that other BS. Let them buy it when they 18.

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