Marybeth Hicks

It’s challenging not only to monitor the amount of time kids’ spend using media, but how they use it as well. According to OnlineFamily.Norton, a monitoring system offered by Internet security company Semantec, 2009’s top five search terms for children and teens were YouTube, Google, Facebook, “sex” and “porn.”

Clearly, some of those seven-plus hours using media are unsupervised.

Common sense ought to tell us that there will be cultural repercussions for allowing our kids to develop what can only be described as a media obsession.

For example, the KFF study reveals roughly 75 percent of 7th to 12th graders have a profile on a social networking site. Meanwhile, Junior Achievement’s 7th annual teen ethics survey finds these social networking sites have become so central to teens’ lifestyles that more than half (58%) “Would consider their ability to access them during working hours when weighing a job offer from a potential employer.”

Um kids…Google “time theft” and see what you get.

It’s time for us to get over our shock that what is happening right before our eyes is, in fact, happening right before our eyes. Parents (read: we) must teach Generation M to incorporate media into a balanced, healthy, whole life.

As it is, 53 hours a week is just too much.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).