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1 Teens and Their Electronic Worlds Teens and Screens --- Helping Kids Manage Their Electronic Worlds Gregory Ramey, Ph.D. Vice President for Outpatient Services Pediatric Psychologist Computers, gaming, cell phones, and television Impact of technology on kids and families Implications for health care providers Teens and Technology 78% of teens own a gaming device 51% of 12 year olds, 72% of 14 year olds, 85% of 16 year olds own their own cell phone 74% of teens have a music player 38% of teens text daily 26% use social networking sites daily 70% use a cell phone daily 10 years of age --- tipping point for getting a cell phone Media Consumption of a Typical U.S. Teenager as measured by Nielsen TV 3 hours, 20 minutes PC 52 minutes including applications Mobile Voice 6 minutes DVR Internet Text-Messages 8 minutes 23 minutes 96 sent or received DVD 17 minutes Console Gaming 25 minutes Online video If they watched, watched 6 minutes PC Games 1 in 10 played, today Mobile video If they watched, watched for 13 minutes Mobile Web 1 in 3 used Video on an MP3 Player 1 in 4 watched Audio-Only MP3 Player 1 in 2 used Newspaper 1 in 4 read Movie Theater Went once in the past 5 weeks For directional purposes only, this table estimates daily U.S. teen media use across a variety of platforms based on a range of Nielson sources from 2008 and Q Details of these estimates are contained in the body of this paper. Source: The Nielson Company 1

2 Should you monitor your teen s internet usage? 1. No 2. Yes 3. Yes, but only if I had concerns based upon past problems No 0% 0% 0% Yes Yes, but only if I had co... Social Networking 51 % of teens check their sites more than once a day. 22 % check their sites more than 10 times a day. 39 % have posted something they later regretted. 37 % have used the sites to make fun of other students. 25 % have created a profile with a false identity. 24 % have hacked into someone else's social networking account. 13 % have posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves or others online. Virtual Friendships Josh Evans and Megan Meier Top Internet Searches By Kids Ages You Tube 2. Google 3. Facebook 4. Sex 5. My Space 6. Porn The Internet has generally fostered a more positive discussion of sexuality. Risks What are the risk factors for online sexual advances? History of sexual abuse Provocative online presentation 1. True 2. False 0% 0% True False 2

3 Video Games $2 billion in sales in 1½ years (Wii, Dance Dance Revolution, EA Sports Active) Kids under 12 account for 24% of sales 57% of kids ages 2 to 12 play videogames 75% of 10 to 14 year olds play games Impact of Video Games Among adults, gaming related to a higher body mass index in males, and mental health issues in females At what age should children get their own cell phones? years old years old years old years old years 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 6 8 years old 9 11 years old years old years old 18 + years 3

4 Text Messages Ages Calls Texts < , Cell Phones and Cheating 35% of teens with cell phones report using cell phones to cheat on exams Less than half thought texting answers to friends was cheating Texting and Driving Among truck drivers, collision risk is 23 times greater than non-texting drivers College students, 8 times greater risk for car accidents Texting While Driving 21% of 2,500 admitted to texting while driving 50% of year olds text while driving vs. 22% of year olds Should you monitor your child via the GPS unit on the cell phone? 1. No 2. Yes 3. Yes, but only if I had specific concerns 0% 0% 0% No Yes Yes, but only... 4

5 TV Commercials Fat-producing foods are eaten or talked about 5 times more often in kids shows than adult programs 1 hour of kids TV = 2.6 instances of eating or talking about unhealthy foods Predicting Teen Sexual Behavior 6-18 year olds Every hour the youngest group (6-8) watched sexual content increased their chances of having sex in adolescence by 33% University of North Carolina Study, 2006 Positive correlation between teens exposed to media with high sexual content and likelihood of sex by 16 years of age TV and Teen Pregnancy Teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV were twice as likely to get pregnant before age 20 Encourages/normalizes sexual activity in early adolescence Promotes inconsistent use of contraceptives Potential Risks of Watching Violent Television Programs Less sensitive to the pain of others More fearful More likely to act aggressively --- imitation of role models Almost every kid expressed the utter importance of being connected with friends all the time and how unthinkable a life without that t connection would be. -- Growing Up Online Frontline 5

6 Pleasures and Pitfalls of Kids Electronic Worlds - Risks May provide too easy an escape from the real world Less time with family and friends 28% reported spending less time with family members, up from 11% in 2006 Drop from 26 hours/month to 18 hours/month Increased technology positively correlated with adolescent sleep deprivation Electronic addiction Extensive television watching related to increased obesity, premature sexual activity, aggression, overall passivity, and poor school performance Pleasures and Pitfalls - Risks Increased likelihood of being victimized --- sexually or emotionally Combined with driving, texting/cell phones represent a serious risk Cell phones can serve as a negative psychological umbilical cord Pleasures and Pitfalls of Kids Electronic Worlds - Benefits Fun, entertaining, and exciting Positive educational benefits Tremendous opportunities for social support Mechanism to deal with real issues in a safe and timely manner Chat rooms Social networks Texting Which best describes your view of technology (computers, cell phones, phones, video games)? 1. Family life is more enjoyable with these technological advances. 2. The disadvantages of technology outweigh the positive effects on family life. 0% 0% Family life is... The disadvanta... Issues 1. Should parents monitor the kids cell phone and computer usage? Computer software monitoring programs GPS units on cell phones 2. At what age should children get their own cell phones? 3. Computers in kids bedrooms? Implications for Health Care Providers Asking about kids electronic worlds should be as routine as taking their weight or blood pressure Three key questions: How much time are they spending in the e-world? Is the parental supervision consistent with the children s needs? What impact is it having on their friends, family, and overall development? 6

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