Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media: The View from the Classroom
- Key Finding 1: Media Use Impacts Academic Performance
- Key Finding 2: Types of Media Affecting Performance
- Key Finding 3: Poor Writing Skills
- Key Finding 4: Some Media Helping to Improve Performance
- Key Finding 5: Negative Effects to Social Development
- Key Finding 6: Types of Media Effecting Social Development
- Key Finding 7: Positive Effects to Social Development
Among teachers who say their students’ academic skills have been hurt by entertainment media use, the media most often cited as problematic are texting, social networking, video games, and television, depending on the students’ age.
For elementary school students, teachers consider video games (75%), television (61%), and computer games (60%) most problematic. For middle and high school students, teachers pointed most often to texting (81% of middle and 75% of high school teachers) and social networking (73% of middle and 69% of high school teachers).