Kids & Technology: Problem or Opportunity?

January 28, 2010

Last week the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report showing that 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media in a typical day. That’s 53 hours a week – a full-time job plus overtime. Lots of adults were surprised. Kids? Not so much. In fact, I heard a fascinating perspective by Youth Radio’s Sarah Hamik that offers a peek into the social, emotional, and psychological impact of habitual technology use for today’s kids.

The question for those of us interested in improving kids health isn’t necessarily “How do we stop this trend?” but “How can we use this new reality to help kids live better lives?”  

Youth Radio: The No Texting Challenge / Photo: Mo Riza

Youth Radio: The No Texting Challenge / Photo: Mo Riza