I’m helping spread the word about a study conducted by UCLA’s Children’s Digital Media Center in Los Angeles, CA. In the second decade of the 21st Century social media has been an integral part of adolescent lives. In fact, three-quarters of all teens have created a social media profile, and one in four has reportedly posted a video of themselves on the internet. Children ages 8 to 18 have reported using digital media for up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, and current psychological research is beginning to examine the influence of media over the growing identities among our nation’s youth.
At UCLA’s Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles, researchers have examined media use for over 20 years, starting initial studies with television, then video games, and in the earlier days of the Internet, examining chat rooms and blogs. Current studies follow the use of social networking websites, video sharing platforms, as well as the values within them. In a line of study written for Huffington Post, Los Angeles researchers found that tween values may be changing, a result of their excessive social media usage.
As part of this announcement, the Children’s Digital Media Center is seeking to determine if the results found in Los Angeles extend to the rest of the country. If you have children at home who are in 4th through 9th grade, we’d greatly appreciate if you would take an online survey; you can take it anywhere, on a home computer, an iPad, or even an iPod. The questionnaire lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes long and if participating, your family will be entered into a raffle to win $100!
To take the survey, please click the link here.
If you’d like more information about the study feel free to check out this link.
Let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, thank you for your help with the study!