Children spend more time consuming media than doing any other activity with the exception of sleeping. This means, of course, that children spend more time with media than they spend at school. Yet academics are an essential aspect of childhood and adolescence. So how do media affect children’s academic achievement?
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According to controversial research released in late February and covered in the NY Times, television does not affect academic test scores.
Read on to see what previous research has said about whether television, music, and computers can help or hurt children’s school performance.