Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America


To get a better understanding of parents’ attitudes around kids’ educational media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents of kids ages 2 to 10 years old. Educational media was defined as content that’s “good for a child’s learning or growth, or that teaches some type of lesson, such as an academic or social skill,” and includes TV, DVDs, video games, books, e-readers, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices used at home.

The survey found that parents considered nearly half (44%) of what their kids were watching was educational. More than half (57%) believed that their kids were actually learning from the screen time. The survey also found that younger kids were more likely to engage in educational media than older kids.

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.