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Do you limit your kids' time online?



A study released today shows that youths 8 to 18 now spend an astonishing 7 hours and 38 minutes daily using entertainment media -- including video games, the Internet and TV.

Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation are hoping to make families more aware of their media usage by talking up their latest study, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds. Conducted over six months from October 2008 to May 2009, the project measured the media habits of 2,002 people from 8 to 18.

One of the more startling results: Only about three in 10 young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV, playing video games or using the computer. Those who have any rules consume nearly three hours less media.

In my house, we have one hard and fast rule: No TV during mealtime.  As for set time limits: it's generally based on how many time I've passed someone in the same position in front of a computer or video game.

Read the full report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Share your feedback: Do you limit your kids time on the Internet and with video games or is it just part of the norm now? Will the results from this study make you think twice about your kids' time online?

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:02pm]


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