The Phantom Economy   /   Summer 2010   /    Essays & Short Takes

Tuned In

For  all the talk  of “helicopter”  parents,  one might   have thought  that  children’s   media use would  be subject  to a lot  of surveillance. generation M 2, the latest report from the Kaiser Family  Foundation  on recreational  media  use by young people suggests otherwise. More than 2,000 8- to 18-year-olds were asked if they were subject  to any rules  about the content or amount of  time they spend on television, video games,  music,  and computers.  only  a quarter of the kids  reported rules  for at least  one of these mediums that were enforced most of  the time,  39 percent reported some rules that were enforced “some of the time or less,” and 16 percent reported no rules of  any kind.

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