Monday, June 21, 2010

Limiting screen time for kids this summer

Do you feel your kids are spending too much time watching TV, playing video games and being on the computer? Do ever find it challenging to get them to turn off the TV or computer and go outside to play? If so, join the crowd!

How much time are kids really spending with media?

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report in January 2010 showing the average amount of time kids 8 - 18 are spending with media. These are the numbers for a typical day:
  • TV (4 hours, 29 minutes)
  • Music/audio (2 hours, 31 minutes)
  • Computer (1 hour, 29 minutes)
  • Video Games (1 hour, 13 minutes)
  • Print (38 minutes)
  • Movies (25 minutes)
This adds up to 10 hours and 45 minutes of media exposure. When using more than one media concurrently is taken into account, the media time is 7 hours and 38 minutes.

(read the rest of the article at Priceless Parenting)

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