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Black children and television

Black children and television

Black children watch television 50% more than white children. Who is to blame for that!? Why are we putting our children in front of the television? Is this the new  full-time “babysitter” for Black children in the 21st century? Let US make the commitment to change this NOW, for the sake of OUR future generations.

Is all this media consumption helping or harming us? A new study from Northwestern University titled, “Children, Media and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic and Asian American Children,” shows that Black children lead the pack when it comes to hours spent consuming TV, whether through traditional means, online, or through the use of mobile devices.

From the study:

The findings show Black and hispanic youth consume more than three hours of television daily. Caucasians and asians consumed more than two hours. Technologies such as DVDs, TiVo, and mobile and online viewing increased television consumption to 5 hours and 54 minutes for Black children, 5 hours and 21 minutes for hispanics, 4 hours and 41 minutes for asians, and 3 hours and 36 minutes for whites.

On a typical day for 8- to 18-year-olds, Black people consumed one hour and 28 minutes of media on cell phones compared with one hour and 11 minutes for asians, 1 hour and 4 minutes for hispanics and 26 minutes for caucasians.



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