With this backdrop, I was not at all surprised by the results from Common Sense Media's most recent survey of media use by Teens and Tweens. Their summary, Understanding your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens reveals:
- Media use is on the rise. Teens (13-18) use an average of 9 hours of entertainment media per day and more than four and half hours of screen media for school or homework. Tweens (8-12) are racking up an average of six hours a day
- How can they possibly find the time? They are multitasking, using multiple forms of media while also doing homework. Sixty percent of teens are texting and 50% are active on social media sites while doing homework - and they all believe it has no negative impact on the quality of their work.
- Only 36% of teens say they enjoy using social media "a lot", though 45% use it every day. In contrast, 73% say they enjoy listening to music "a lot".
What does this mean for us as educators and you as parents? As Applewild educators we add technology thoughtfully to the curriculum. The curricular goals come first, and we are always making sure there is a good reason for putting a student in front of a screen.
At home, it can be challenging to decide just how much screen time is right for your child. Common Sense Media has a number of helpful resources to help your family decide what type of digital environment works for you.
You can read the full report here.