Technology In The News


The following quotes and links to the entire report are provided for your own knowledge as you raise your digital citizen(s) in the 21st century. I hope that you find them insightful and thought provoking.

Students who interact with their cell phones in class perform worse on tests -- often a full letter grade or more. In fact, just having phones within reach, can cause academic performance to decline, whether they're used or not.
Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

December 2017

As individuals increasingly turn to smartphone screens for managing and enhancing their daily lives, we must ask how dependence on these devices affects the ability to think and function in the world off-screen.
Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity
The Association for Consumer Research
April 2017

Parents of American tweens (age 8–12) and teens (age 13–18) average more than nine hours (9:22) with screen media each day, with 82 percent of that time devoted to personal screen media (7:43).  Parents use over an hour and a half of screen media for work (1:39). Indeed, when work and personal media are combined, 51 percent of parents reported spending eight hours or more with screen media each day, and 30 percent spent four to less than eight hours.  Yet, 78 percent of all parents believe they are good media and technology role models for their children.
The Common Sense Census: Plugged-in Parents of Tweens and Teens and Infographic
Common Sense Media
December 2016

SplashData has announced the 2015 edition of its annual “Worst Passwords List” highlighting the insecure password habits of Internet users. “123456” and “password” once again reign supreme as the most commonly used passwords, as they have since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky.
Worst Passwords of 2015
SplashData, Inc.

January 19, 2016

Teenagers use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day, and tweens (age 8-12) use an average of six hours a day, not including time spent using media for school or homework. Many teens use media while studying, and most think it has no effect on the quality of their work: 76% listen to music, 60% send texts, 51% watch TV, and 50% use social media.
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens
Common Sense Media
November 3, 2015

In a cross-sectional study of 350 children aged 6 months to 4 years, almost all children (96.6%) used mobile devices, and most started using before age 1. Parents gave children devices when doing house chores (70%), to keep them calm (65%), and at bedtime (29%). At age 2, most children used a device daily and spent comparable screen time on television and mobile devices. Most 3- and 4-year-olds used devices without help, and one-third engaged in media multitasking. Content delivery applications such as YouTube and Netflix were popular.
Exposure and Use of Mobile Media Devices by Young Children
November 2, 2015

Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily—including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens—defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17—go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.
Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
Pew Research Center
April 9, 2015

Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31% said they had visited an applicant's Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them—a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30% of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant's prospects.
They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets
The New York Times
November 9, 2013