The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens

December 10, 2021

The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens

As the pandemic wears on, parents, caregivers, and educators have continued to worry about how much time kids are spending with media. But new research shows that media of all types -- entertainment, social, creative -- has played an incredibly important role in helping kids get through a very tough time.

Our latest report from the Common Sense Census -- The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens -- took a closer look at how tweens and teens have been using entertainment media to keep their connections and their creativity alive when their worlds are so disrupted. And as it turns out, they've been using media to boost their moods, connect with friends, and even learn new things outside of school.

The data in this report reinforces why it's so important to point kids toward the very best of media, like the shows, games, apps, and books that engage, inspire, and represent everyone equally. And it also serves as a reminder that when kids turn to media, they need to enter spaces that are safe, healthy, and free of hate speech and misinformation. But the data also shows that no matter how engaging media has been for kids during this time, they're ready for a return to in-person connections and a more "normal" media balance.

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