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
In some areas, teachers are more likely to say that entertainment media have helped rather than hurt students academically.
Nearly two-thirds of teachers (63%) say their students’ media use has helped their ability to find information quickly and efficiently, either a lot (21%) or somewhat (41%).
A third (34%) of teachers say using entertainment media has helped their students’ ability to multi-task effectively (3% say “a lot,” 33% “somewhat”), compared to 25% who say it has hurt them.
Teachers who describe themselves as “tech savvy” are more likely than other teachers to see a benefit to students’ creativity from their use of entertainment media. Four in 10 (40%) tech-savvy teachers say media use has helped their students’ creativity, compared to 25% of teachers who are “uncomfortable” with technology. There were no other statis-tically significant differences between these teachers, nor were there differences between long-term (more than 15 years) and new (less than 5 years) teachers.