News and America's Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News, [United States], 2017 (ICPSR 38150)

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The goal of this study was to provide a comprehensive picture of how children experience the news: where they get news, how the news makes them feel, and how they perceive the news. This data is from a large-scale, nationally representative, probability-based cross-sectional online survey taken by participants ages 10-18 in 2016. Demographic data include age, gender, and race/ethnicity.

Robb, Michael B. News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News, [United States], 2017. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-01-10.

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  1. For more information about the News and America's Kids Study, please visit the Common Sense Media website.

The purpose of this study is to explore young people's engagement with the news, including where children get news, the frequency with which they use news sources, and their preferred news sources. The study also includes data on which social media sites children use to source news, level of trust in different information sources, and perceived accuracy of news from different sources. The study also explores children's feelings about the news and perceived importance of various issues.

Common Sense conducted an online survey of 853 children age 10-18. The survey was administered by SSRS from January 10 to January 22, 2017, using the SSRS Probability Panel and an opt-in web panel. To ensure that there were enough members of different racial and ethnic groups to draw comparisons, African-American and Hispanic/Latino children were oversampled using the opt-in panel.

Respondents were invited by email to have their children participate in the online survey. Parents were screened for parental status, household composition, and permission to have their children complete the survey. They then were asked to allow their children to complete the main survey questions independently. Children from the opt-in panel who were age 13-17 and 18-year-olds from both the SSRS Probability Panel and the opt-in panel were invited directly to take the main survey.

Data is from a nationally representative, probability-based cross-sectional survey of 853 children ages 10- to 18-years-old in the United States. Members of the panel were randomly recruited to participate using address-based sampling and random-digit-dial telephone surveys. An oversample of Black, non-Hispanic and Hispanic/Latinx children and teens was collected to ensure there was an adequate base for these subgroups. Households that were not already online were provided with notebook computers and dial-up Internet access for the purpose of participating. The survey questionnaire was offered in English and Spanish.


Children in the United States between the ages of 10 and 18.


Variables include questions about how much information participants get from various sources (television, radio, newspapers, social media, etc.); how frequently they use these sources, as well as various social networking sites; and how much they trust these sources. Participants were also asked about their reactions and attitudes toward the news and what issues they care about. Demographic information collected includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, and level of education.



2022-01-10 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

This collection contains one weight variable ("WEIGHT"), which gives the sample weights for all qualified respondents.