D is for Digital
Children ages 8 to 10 spend more than six hours a day interacting with some form of digital media, according to a study by a team of researchers from the New York City-based Joan Ganz Cooney Research Center, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on the effects of digital media on student learning.
The report also says that, on average, children are beginning to use digital media at age 6½, a year and a half younger than researchers had found in a previous study, released in 2006.
The new study—which focused on children ages 3 to 11 by examining academic journals and conducting interviews with more than 50 researchers during the spring and fall of 2007—also found that about a quarter of the time youths spend interacting with digital media involves some form of multi-tasking.
A version of this article appeared in the January 16, 2008 edition of Education Week