If you think most kids are using tech in moderation, think again. Consider the following shocking statistics:
Recent Rasmussen College research shows that 90% of all two year-olds have used a computer and 50% of five year-olds use a computer regularly.
A study released in June (2013) by Northwestern University (pdf) shows that 21% of children under the age of 2 have a television in their bedroom while 40% of 6 to 8 year-olds have a bedroom TV set.
More than 90% of all two year-olds in America have an online footprint.
Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America(2011) shows that among babies to 8-year-olds, 27% of their screen time is spent on cell phones, video iPods, and iPad-style tablet devices. Zero to Eight further shows that kids under age 2 spend twice as much time looking at the TV as they do looking at books and more than 39% of children 8 and under live in homes where the television is left on all (10%) or most (29%) of the time, whether or not anyone is watching it.
The study, How Teens View Their Digital Lives shows that 90% of 13 to 17 year-olds have used some form of social media; 68% of teens text every day.
Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-Year-Olds, the largest on-going look at youth and media available today, shows that 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media every day (more than 53 hours a week) not including texting. Because 7th to 12th grade kids also report spending an average of 1 and 1/2 hours a day sending or receiving texts, this means the average child is looking at screens for around 9 hours a day, or about 75% of their life (while awake).
A Nielsen 2010 study shows that American teens send or receive 3,339 texts a month. That’s 6+ texts per every hour they’re awake.
Worst of all, the Northwestern University (pdf) discussed above, shows that a full 55% of parents are not concerned with how much tech their kids use; 78% think that watching TV is a useful distraction for kids; 59% of parents aren’t worried about their kids becoming addicted to tech; and a majority of parents say that computer, TV, tablets and other tech media (besides video games) have a positive, not negative effect on children’s creativity and educational skills.