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Remote Control

Children, Media Consumption & the Changing American Family

Remote Control

Duration: 38 min
ISBN: 1-932869-36-0
Date Produced: 2007
Subtitles: English

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Remote Control
Children, Media Consumption & the Changing American Family


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.

Filmmaker Info

Filmmaker: Bob McKinnon
Associate Producer: Marci Lacenere
Director of Photography: James Arbona
Cameraman: Eddison Santos
Illustrations: Pat Giles
Editorial Consultant: Jeremy Kessler
Music: Will Platt-Higgins

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Parents Must Monitor Media Usage
Pekin Daily Times | November 16, 2009

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"Recommended."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

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