Education Report Roundup

Screen Time

By Jessica L. Tonn — June 06, 2006 1 min read

“The Media Family: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Parents” is posted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Children ages 6 months to 6 years spend more time using screen media, such as TV, video games, dvds, and computers, on a daily basis than they spend reading or being read to, according to a survey of parents.

The survey of more than 1,000 parents by the Menlo Park, Calif.-based Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that, on average, youngsters spent 59 minutes a day watching TV, 24 minutes watching DVDs or videos, six minutes playing video games, and seven minutes on computers, for or more than 1½ hours of screen-media exposure. The parents said their children spent 40 minutes a day being read to or reading.

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A version of this article appeared in the June 07, 2006 edition of Education Week