Is E-Reading good for your toddler?

October 17, 2014

The New York Times posted on October 11, 2014: Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

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For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables.

But researchers are not sure if reading to a child via a device provides the same experience as reading a print book.  One of the main problems is the newness of the devices.

The answer, researchers say, is not yet entirely clear. “We know how children learn to read,” said Kyle Snow, the applied research director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “But we don’t know how that process will be affected by digital technology.”

Parents who read to their children using eBooks need to actively participate in the process because we know that young children learn from another person, not from words spoken from a screen.  “…perhaps the biggest threat posed by e-books that read themselves to children, or engage them with games, is that they could lull parents into abdicating their educational responsibilities, said Mr. Snow of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

We will find over time the effect that eBooks have on early learning.

posting by Lorraine

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One Response to “Is E-Reading good for your toddler?”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Interesting question. Part of early learning is tactile experiences,for example we used touch, sound, pictures, and sign language with preschoolers when I worked in that field. I recently watched the parents of two toddlers at my home panic when I let the kids play preschool games on my Windows 8 computer. “Are you SURE?” asked mom and dad, “he hits kind of hard.” Can you imagine how they would feel about their own digital reader?


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