The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report entitled Daily Media Use Among Children and Teens Up Dramatically from Five Years Ago which suggested that 8 – 18 year olds were spending almost 53 hours a week immersed in media. Overall, they noted more time devoted to social networking and less time devoted to scheduled television viewing. Heavy media users are self-reporting lower grades and an increased divide was noted split among racial/ethnic lines.
I have to agree with Will Richardson that it is not just researchers, policymakers and parents who need to stay on top of the impact but teachers need to pay much closer attention. We cannot become complacent about such rapid changes since they will impact classrooms and are doing so already.