Support Research for Kids' Digital Well-Being
Data on the impact of media and tech on kids can help identify evidence-based harms and opportunities to inform needed changes. Initial research has confirmed what many families have seen in their own lives: Digital connectivity is beneficial for learning, at the same time heavy use of digital devices can leave kids feeling addicted or unhappy. But more research is needed, on everything from brain development to the influence of tech on youth and civic engagement.
The CAMRA Act would authorize funding to establish a research program conducted and supported by the National Institutes of Health to study media and tech's impact on the health and well-being of kids.
What you need to know:
- Nearly every child under 8 in America (98 percent) has access to a mobile device at home, a rapid rise from just over half in 2011.
- The average amount of time kids under 8 spend with mobile devices each day has tripled twice since 2011. Teenagers use an average of nine hours of media per day, and tweens use an average of six.
- Half of teens feel addicted to their mobile devices, and the majority of parents (60 percent) feel their kids are addicted.
- Heavy users are 56 percent more likely to say they are unhappy; twenty-seven percent more likely to be depressed; and 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide.
What the CAMRA Act would do:
- Establish a program to support research on the role and impact of media and technology on the development of children and adolescents.
- Fund research that can help parents, educators, and the tech industry make smart decisions about how to maximize tech's potential for good.