MEDIA, TECH & KIDS
95% of US adolescents have at least one mobile device of their own
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
California is home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley, two power centers largely responsible for the media and technology our children consume. The COVID-19 crisis has shown the extent to which media and technology are fully integrated into every aspect of our society, from schools to social connections to the communication of public health. They are public utilities, and social safety nets. This crisis has also opened our eyes to things that may be better done online – opportunities to build platforms and networks for public good. And it has shown us there is no substitute for in-person communication and connection. CPP is dedicated to ensuring that our state’s largest industries help us meet this moment by recognizing their responsibilities and developing platforms and content for the public good.
In partnership with The Center for Humane Technology, The Child Mind Institute, and Common Sense Media, CPP is examining how new content and distribution technologies are affecting adolescent mental health. Through a review of existing research, and a series of community conversations, we bring the concerns and expertise of parents, educators, teens, and health professionals into a statewide discussion, and clarify and communicate the warning signs and best practices around media, technology, and mental health with key audiences and networks.
MEDIA USE BY KIDS
Teens now spend nearly 75% of their waking hours on screens since the start of COVID
1 in 6
Teens have experienced at least one form of abusive behavior online
U.S. adolescents are heavy users of social media