How Is Digital Media Affecting Our Kids?

I came across an incredible infographic this week (see below).  I thought you would be interested in what it shares.  We all hear about how video games, television, and other forms of digital media are keeping our kids locked in their homes and causing them to become obese, lethargic, and lazy.

Well, although there are certainly dangers – the key word is balance!  Parents must be vigilant in what kind of time their child spends in front of their digital playground.  But, teachers seem to think that using all kinds of technology in the classroom is going to be the wave of the future!

I am interested in what you think about these facts that are presented.  How will the use and overuse of technology affect Kids Ministry in the next ten years?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.

How is Media Affecting Kids?

5 thoughts on “How Is Digital Media Affecting Our Kids?

  1. Interesting ideas. (The fortunately small part of me that’s a grammar nerd had a hard time getting by the “is” in the title, but anyway…) I think would be better to say that this is how people think media are affecting them and their children, not how much it actually is, or will do in the future. Older generations will always say that the young are all problem children for one reason or another (media choice, music choice, dance style, clothing, etc. etc. etc.) and there will always be fear that some external influence is destroying the fabric of our lives. However, I think for me it all boils down to the human tradition of decrying the evil of media on society in general and how drastically it’s affecting everyone else (or people in 2020), yet it never changes individual consumption habits.

    Like you say, it’s an issue of balance. If newer digital media are replacing older ones, such as online multimedia is doing with tv, as tv did with radio, etc. then the loss is small. But if it’s a further substitute for human interaction with parents, teachers, and other kids, then we’re loosing something significant.

    • Thanks for your input, Jon! For the record, you can let your “grammar nerd” relax on this one. LOL! I was using the term “digital media” as a collective noun, so “is” would be an appropriate verb tense to use. Ha! I appreciate you jumping in with your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from others.

  2. I so agree on the matter of balance and the younger the child, the more watchful a parent should be about the time a child spends in front of a tv, computer, etc. Younger children need to learn how to pretend, to go out and play, to interact with other children and with adults. If everything in their world unfolds on a screen, there is nothing left to imagination or to challenge a child to figure it out for themselves. I agree with Joni, kids don’t communicate when their eyes are focused on a screen. Balance…..that’s a good word for just about everything in life!!

  3. I believe balance is definitely the answer here which falls mainly on the parents. From the charts I seen in exposure, it looks like parents are telling their kids if you do your homework you can watch t.v., watch DVDs, and play games as the reward. This is totally an assumption, but as a parent and children’s pastor, I have seen and heard this role played a lot. great post! Really makes you think when you have a 3 year old and 5 year old and they love the iPad, iPod, iPhone, games and t.v. So much.

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