Media consumption: Children from educationally distant families look more distant

According to an investigation, children in education-distant families spend a lot of time in front of screens. But their upbringing is not worse in all areas.

Media consumption: Children from educationally distant families look more distant

Children from educational families spend a great deal of time in front of screens. Before that, Institute of German economy warns against data from National Education panel. Thus, too much media use at a young age could have an unfavourable impact on development, said IW expert Wido Geis in Cologne. The result is often overweight, sleep disorders or more aggressive social behaviour.

The Institute made a difference in evaluation between mors with and without vocational qualifications – for example, only with a completed secondary school. Thus, almost 60 percent of fourth graders with a mor without a professional qualification spent more than two hours a day in front of screens. In case of children of mors with a university degree, this was only about 30 percent.

Geis sees reason for discrepancy in fact that children are oriented towards ir parents. "Adults from educational households consume more television," he explained. Parents from education-related households, on or hand, have significantly more books, which is why reading plays a greater role.

However, education in educational families is by no means worse in all areas. Accordingly, low-skilled mors often accompanied ir children in ir homework, said Geis. They also performed tasks more often at same time of day. In case of children of higher-skilled mors, this has been less noted.

According to IW, children should learn digital skills in schools. Orwise, especially children from educationally distant households are threatened to be suspended and later on labour market have fewer chances. Computer games and films do not make sense, however, unless y are put into a suitable pedagogical framework.

Updated Date: 20 June 2018, 12:02

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