Remote Control - Children, Media Consumption & the Changing American Family

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The average American child spends over 40 hours per week consuming media, the 

equivalent of a full-time job. This means that by the time children born today turn 30, 

they will have spent an entire decade of their lives in front of some type of screen. 

Remote Control, based on the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation's landmark 

study Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds, examines the implications 

of this unprecedented level of exposure. Putting a human face on the report's statistical 

findings, filmmaker Bob McKinnon explores the media habits of two families, 

supplementing their powerful personal insights with testimony from media experts, 

educators, and policymakers. Remote Control offers a fascinating look at the centrality 

of media in our lives, revealing far-reaching effects that we are only beginning to 

understand, and suggesting ways we might begin to help our children live a life instead 

of watching one