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
Many teachers think their students’ use of entertainment media has had a negative effect on key aspects of their social development.
The biggest problem teachers identified in the survey is media’s impact on students’ sexualization. Two-thirds (67%) of teachers say entertainment media use has had a negative effect on students in this regard, including 26% who say “very negative” and 42% who say “somewhat.”
Other aspects of students’ social development that teachers think entertainment media are negatively affecting include their ideas about relationships between boys and girls (61%), their attitudes toward adults such as parents and teachers (61%), engaging in anti-social behaviors like being mean (60%), their body image (58%), and encouraging aggressive behaviors like hitting or fighting (51%).
Teachers who say they are “uncomfortable” with new technologies are more likely to see negative effects of students’ media use on their social development: 61% say media have a negative effect on aggression, and 51% say the same for the impact on pro-social behaviors (compared to 43% and 30% among “tech savvy” teachers, respectively).