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A press release from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America shares the results of a research, which showed that more than a third of parents are concerned about the exposure of their teens to media. This exposure, according to the study, has become a hindrance to communication between parent and child regarding risky behavior, such as the dangers posed by the use of drugs and alcohol.

The results were based on a survey conducted among 1,200 parents. It showed that 38 percent of parents were concerned about TV, 37 percent about computers, and 33 percent about video games. Other areas that parents were concerned about cell phone texting and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

A study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation looked into two thousand teens and determined the average amount of time that young people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend using various entertainment media. The results showed that young people spend 53 hours – almost eight hours a day – immersed in some form of media. The same study also found that teens who consume more media tend to be less happy, while those who are attracted to media tend to perform poorly in school.

Partnership President Steve Pasierb said: “These new findings present a unique opportunity for parents to play a more active role in what their kids are watching, monitor how they are spending their time online and remain aware of the impact all of this media consumption is having on their impressionable teens.”