C&R Research recently published a report about two live research sessions with teen (n=63) and preteen (n=58) participants. The results were disturbing at several levels. First, only half of the participants reported reading in their free time. Second, two out of three tween boys play video games everyday. Finally, in spite of all the sources that encourage families to keep computers in public areas, 22% of tweens and 47% of teens have computers with Internet access in their bedrooms.
These facts should encourage all parents as well as schools to make sure that media literacy and Internet safety are discussed at home and in classrooms. Tweens and teens need to know how to be safe while visiting social network sites and encouraged to develop interests that are not all technology-related.