Via Brad Plumer, here's the latest data from Common Sense Media about the media diets of young children in America. To be honest, I'm a little surprised that TV watching is only two hours a day for 5-8 year-olds. On the other hand, I'm sort of appalled that 75% of 0-2 year-olds watch TV, and of those, the average TV-watching time has increased from 1:02 to 1:30 over the past six years. In that age group, it probably ought to be zero. Other interesting nuggets:
- 30% of kids under two have a TV in their bedroom.
- Only about 60% of kids read or are read to every day. More reading, please.
- 92% of high-income kids have high-speed cable. Only 42% of low-income kids do. The divide is about the same along the educational spectrum.
More at the link.