Christian media expert Ted Baehr says that by age 17, the average child has spent between 40,000 and 63,000 hours watching television and movies and playing video games. Parents, he says, need to be informed about what their children and their peers are watching. "That is a tremendous amount of time when you consider that they only go to church for 11,000 hours," he says. "Forty or fifty years ago, we didn't see what they do today [in the media]. They've seen 50,000 murders; children today have seen over a million sex acts - things that you wouldn't have thought about years ago."

(Religion Today Summaries, 11/11/03)