The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has released the report Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age, which documents how digital technology is changing the rhythm of family life.
Key findings are:
More than half the parents surveyed are concerned about the effect of the use of media on their children’s health, but fewer than one in five parents thinks their kid spends too much time with digital media.
More than a third of parents have learned something technical from their children.
Lack of physical exercise and online privacy are parents’ greatest concerns.
Most parents believe that video games help foster skills that are important to children’s academic achievement.
Rule setting peaks at age 7. Parents with children older than 7 are more likely to set controls on their computers.