Loving Tech and Leaving Tech


The Common Sense Census: Plugged-in Parents of Tween and Teens by Lauricella, A. R., Cingel, D. P., Beaudoin-Ryan, L., Robb, M. B., Saphir, M., & Wartella, E. A
December 1, 2016

Common Sense Media’s recent survey of nearly 1800 parents found that most (94%) parents highly value educational technology while simultaneously wishing to limit their children’s consumption of it. Two-thirds think that their child’s safe use of media is more important than maintaining their privacy. Fifty percent think that technology use negatively impacts children’s physical activity and 34% worried that it negatively affects sleep. More than half of parents are even concerned that their children may become addicted to using technology. However, parents themselves do not seem to serve as role models for limit setting. Parents consume an average of 9+ hours of screen media each day, including about 1 ½ hours for work. Paradoxically, 78% of parents think that they are good technology role models. The survey data are worth perusing as they offer fascinating results that vary by type of media consumed as well as by parent’s racial, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Hispanic parents, for instance, tend be more concerned about and more involved in the types of media their children consume. In sum, the survey paints a fuller picture of technology use in students’ lives which may inform how we use technology in school.

Submitted By: Laurie Piette, Rodeph Sholom School, New York, NY

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  1. Dobutful | Feb 27, 2017
    I am hesitant to really trust much of what comes out of Common Sense Media in regards to their surveys. Especially in regards to claims of diversity and their understanding of it. They have what seems to be an all white leadership team. As we all know too well leadership defines the cultural competency of any non profit. Hiring staff to represent culture is a good step but it really is only a bare beginning. When they make claims of Hispanic or African American perspectives where are they getting their data.  As we all know, quite well, surveys can be full of errors due to low response rates of a group the cultural understanding of the language used etc. Without information about how and where they gather their data the numbers per group and the refresh rate this is useless.

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