In This Issue: M is for Multitask; Fundraising on a Bike; Hold the Popcorn, Please!
M Is for Multitask What do kids 8-18 do when they're not at school or sleeping? Using smartphones, computers, TVs and other electronic devices. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released Generation M2, a survey that found that kids spend more than seven and a half hours a day on entertainment media; and those who multitask pack an average of nearly 11 hours of media content into that same seven.
Tell your child that kids 8-18 spend about seven and a half hours busy with different media, and that some are doing more than one thing at the same time.
ASK: How many things do you think you can do at the same time without getting distracted?
Challenge your child to see how many activities he or she can do at once: Sing Itsy-Bitsy Spider and hula hoop? Tell a joke while bouncing a ball?
ASK: Did you find some combinations more difficult than others? Discuss possible reasons for this.
Popcorn can be a healthy snack, but a bucket of movie popcorn is far from good for you. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sent popcorn samples from three national theaters to a lab for analysis. The results made such foods as pepperoni pizza and French Fries look like broccoli and carrots in comparison.