Exactly! Downside of E Readers for Young Children

So, I’ve been asked many times in the last year my thoughts about young children playing on iPads or reading on Kindles.  My answers always lean towards better to play with toys or each other and read books rather than screens.  Even when it’s just to occupy them because you need a minute, I would much rather parents hand their three year old a crayon and piece of paper than a phone with an open app.  When it comes to early reading, my sense has been there is value in experiencing the book, in turning the pages, taking in the pictures and talking about the story.  Thankfully, my favorite technology writer Lisa Guernsey has pulled together a fuller answer in her Time Ideas article titled Why EReading With Your Kid Can Impede Learning http://ideas.time.com/2011/12/20/why-ereading-with-your-kid-can-impede-learning/?xid=gonewsedit.  If your pre- or early reader is already on a screen, check this out for tips on how to use it better and consider setting and enforcing time limits.

Lisa Guernsey is the director of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative and author of Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five.  Great book!

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Comments

  1. I agree. I have a lot of people ask me why I read and write well and I think it is because my parents didn’t allow TV and video games until I was older.

  2. Good for your parents and good for you! My “poor” children had to wait as well. Rene

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