Promoting Healthy Use Of Media For Children And Adolescents Essay

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Promoting Healthy Use of Media for Children and Adolescents
Nowadays children and adolescents are exposed to intensive media, such as television, radio, music, video games, smart devices, and any internet based social media. Rideout (2015) reported that on any given day, American teenagers (13-18 years old) spend about nine hours on entertainment media use, excluding time spent at school or for homework. Tweens (8-12 years old) use an average of about six hours ' worth of entertainment media daily. Even though there are 45% of teens using social media “every day,” watching television and listening to music dominate young people’s media diets. Another national study revealed that the average total time of media use for people 8-18 years old was 10 hours and 45 minutes every day (treating simultaneous media use as distinct activities), regardless of text messaging, phoning, or using computers for school work (Rideout, Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010).
Media use has grown exponentially and become part of the lives of children and adolescents, which is why they are called “generation M” for media. So far, no conclusion about whether media use benefits the social emotional development of children and adolescents has been reached among various professionals, such as educators, psychologists, business people, policy makers, etc. However, children and adolescents are at risk while they use media to explore the world and develop their sense of self because of their limited
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