Study: Kids are glued to tube

Net not capturing children's attention

WASHINGTON — Kids spend just under three hours a day watching television and spend another 2 ½ hours viewing videos, listening to music and playing videogames, according to a survey of more than 3,000 kids.

In what may be a surprise to some, kids spend an average of only eight minutes a day on the Internet, according to the survey sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Computers may be the wave of the future, but today TV still predominates,” Kaiser’s Vicky Rideout said.

The study also found that 16% of kids aged 8-18 are “heavy media users” who consume six hours and 45 minutes of media a day. “For parents and guardians as well as for society as a whole, it underscores the importance of understanding the message the media are conveying to our kids,” Rideout said.

The study found that many parents don’t monitor the media consumption of their kids and that 65% of kids older than 8 have a television in their bedroom. Nearly one third — of kids aged 2 years to 7 have a television in their bedroom. More than 60% of all kids live in homes where the television is “usually on” and have parents who make no rules governing TV, according to the survey.