Kids spend more time engaged with media than they do in any activity other than sleeping. And who can blame them? The digital world is loaded with interesting and entertaining activities designed to capture and hold our attention.
While young people participate in a number of positive activities online, such as using the Internet for school work (85%), and staying in touch with friends they rarely see in person (82%), there are some downsides too. One of these downsides is spending too much time with technology.
According to studies conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Sesame Workshop, 8-year-olds spend as many hours engaging with various screens as they do in school, and preschoolers are spending about four hours per day on media—far more than they devote to reading or outdoor play! (click to tweet)
Learning how to balance time spent online with all of life’s other activities is one of the great challenges of the digital age. In addition, learning how to use our online time wisely is an important skill we must help our children develop while they are young.
Research shows that young people look to adult role models to learn how to conduct their online lives, so it’s important for us to be mindful of our own time with digital media. Achieving a healthy balance between all of our activities is a lifelong skill that families can learn and practice together.