Did you read to your kids today? Did you park them in front of the television? Did you hand over your iPhone to keep them from whining at the grocery store? If so, you're not alone. A new study by Common Sense Media found that kids ages 0-8 spend an average of two hours a day with screen media like smartphones, video games, computers, television, and DVDs. And reading? They do that, too -- but not nearly as much as the other stuff.
Understanding how young kids use media and what it means for their health and well-being is the subject of Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America, the inaugural study by Common Sense Media's new Program for the Study of Children and Media. Directed by former Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Vicky Rideout, Zero to Eight builds upon the Kaiser Family Foundation's landmark study, The Media Family: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Their Parents. That 2006 study found that kids ages 6 months to 6 yearsRead More »from TV vs. Books: What's Winning Your Kids' Time?