My own iPad? Yeah, I’ve got that, say 42 percent of American kids

Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that studies children’s relationship with technology, just released a survey showing an enormous spike in mobile media use by children 8 and under: Mobile is having a big impact on the youngest members of society.

The study found that nearly half of kids 8 and younger — 42 percent — have a tablet of their own, up from less than 1 percent who owned their own tablets in 2011.



How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to be Media-Savvy)

From the Salon post:

“If you get your news online or from social media, this type of headline sounds very familiar. What’s real? What’s fake? What’s satire? Now that anyone with access to a phone or computer can publish information online, it’s getting harder to tell. But as more people go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other online sources for their news and information, it’s even more crucial that all of us — especially kids — learn to decode what we read online. (Learn more about how kids get their news and how they feel about it in Common Sense Media’s report, News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News.)”

Study: More Babies Are Using Smartphones, Tablets

According to a study by Common Sense Media, 38% of babies under age 2 use tablets or smartphones, up from 10% in 2011. But child development experts say less early exposure may be best. “The bottom line is that it’s so new we don’t know if it’s good, bad or otherwise.”

For more on this study, click here.

More Babies Exposed to Mobile Devices

Seven out of 10 children younger than 8 have used a mobile device, a figure that has doubled in two years, according to a report released by Common Sense Media. This shows for the first time the development of a true digerati generation from cradle onward.

The findings come amid increased concern over the time children spend online as families snap up gadgets, game consoles and computers. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has advised parents to limit their children’s time in front of screens, which it says may lead to attention problems, exposure to inappropriate content and obesity.

Technology Changing How Students Learn

Very interesting article in today’s NY Times which reports there is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys released today.

One survey was conducted by the Pew Internet Project, a division of the Pew Research Center that focuses on technology-related research.  The other was from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that advises parents on media use by children.

As an adjunct professor, I can see where teachers are coming from on this.  Conversely, I say to these teachers…EVOLVE OR DIE!  Embrace the technology and use it to your advantage to engage students.

In fact, many teachers in the study said technology could be a useful educational tool.  For example, they cite that access to the Internet and search engines had made students more self-sufficient researchers.