Technology and Media in Children's Lives? - Essay Prowess

Technology and Media in Children’s Lives?


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Discussion: Technology and Media in Children’s Lives

As this week’s Learning Resources show, the use of media and technology continues to grow among school-age children. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children between the ages of 8–10 spend almost 5.5 hours a day consuming media, while children ages 11–14 spend over 8.5 hours consuming media each day. These developments have inevitably raised questions about how media use affects children’s development and whether or not limits should be placed on the time children spend consuming media. In this Discussion, you will consider what place technology and media should assume in the lives of children. Reflect on the following:

Post a description of your thoughts on the role that technology and media should play in the lives of school-age children. Explain how and to what extent you believe technology and/or media should be used for educational, recreational, and social purposes, and why. Be sure to cite the Learning Resources to support your thinking.

Assignment: Content Review


  • Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and 2–3 paragraphs in length.
  • Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document.
  • Copy and paste each question into the document, so your Instructor can see which questions you are answering.
  1. In your own words, explain to what the digital divide refers. Then, describe two implications of the digital divide for school-age children who are affected, as well as two ways that professionals who work with school-age children can address them.
  2. Based on research, identify and describe three specific trends in the media use of school-age children, citing statistics as necessary. Then, make a generalization about media use among school-aged children based on these trends.

3. Briefly summarize three legislative measures aimed at increasing safety of children in online environments. Then, describe the controversy that surrounds these measures including your own opinion on the issue.