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

9 hrs

U.S. teenagers averaged about nine hours of entertainment media use per day, excluding time spent on school work, before coronavirus

1 in 6

Teens have experienced at least one form of abusive behavior online

56%

 U.S. adolescents are heavy users of social media

DIG DEEPER

INSPIRATION

Keeping Tech from Taking Over

While we use all available research to support adolescents through their tech-dependent and screen-saturated lives during Covid-19, we offer some tips to avoid full reliance on media and tech as social and educational lifelines.

RESEARCH & INSIGHTS

Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health: Coming of Age in an Increasingly Digital, Uncertain, and Unequal World 2020

Young people are experiencing unprecedented challenges in 2020, and technologycan be a source of social support-and also a source for anxiety and depression for some. Common Sense's latest report tackles the adolescent mental health crisis and it's association with digital technology use that a lot of parents are struggling to approach.

EVENTS

Building a Digital Ecosystem that Supports Kids' and Families' Well-Being

Please join Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first partner of California, for a discussion about how technology and content can better support our children's mental health.

Aug 19, 2020, 10:00 AM

IN THE NEWS

 

Promote gender equity, and ensure our state’s media and technology industries are a force for good in child development. 

 

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