WCBE Stories
10:28 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Kids spending more time with electronics.

Columbus, Oh – New research shows young people are spending more time immersed in electronic media, making it difficult for parents and caregivers to find time to talk with their kids. A Kaiser Family Foundation study shows kids ages 8 to 18 spend 53 hours a week with some form of electronic gadget - a television, a computer, a cell phone, or a portable game player. State officials are using the study as a reminder for parents and caregivers to take and active role in how much time their kids spend with those devices - and what kids are doing with them. Amanda Conn-Starner of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services says parents and caregivers may find tips at the website "timetotalk.org". She tells WCBE's Mike Foley all of those hours take a toll on study time.