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Posted on 11-03-2017

According to the "The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight 2017", "Media have become such a central part of children's lives that understanding which media activities children are engaged in, for how long, and in what context, is essential knowledge for those who are working to support children's healthy development," the survey report's authors say. 

Other noteworthy findings in the survey include:

--49 percent of parents report their kids watch TV, videos or play video games in the hour prior to bedtime and have these devices in their rooms, despite a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that they refrain for an hour before bedtime and they not sleep with them.

--67 percent of parents believe their children learn from screen media, though they are concerned about the violence, sexual content and advertising their children see.

--43 percent of children under age two are not read to on a daily basis, despite an AAP recommendation that they are read to from infancy.

---In 2011, when the first Common Sense survey was done, it was just five minutes daily with mobile devices. The survey included 1,400 parents from diverse educational, geographic, racial/ethnic and economic backgrounds.

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