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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?

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.

Resources on this topic
» Media Use, Sleep and School Performance

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
» The remote, the mouse, and the no. 2 pencil: The household media environment and academic achievement among third grade students

» Social presence and children: Praise, intrinsic motivation, and learning with computers

» Black and white TV: Race, television viewing and academic achievement

» The impact of background radio and television on high school students' homework performance

» Exploring pathways from television viewing to academic achievement in school age children

» Time use and change in academic achievement: A longitudinal follow-up


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