This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.
Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.
Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.
It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.
Tablets don’t seem to promote the kind of back and forth “behavior that we know is critical for children’s cognitive development,” said Solomon (Dr. Barry Solomon, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of general pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Do you purchase books on your tablet, iPad, phone or other device? This study may make you think twice about whether this is a good idea for young children.
In my opinion, I love reading on my iPad or iPhone or Nook or Kindle devices for myself. When it comes to children I always purchase books for them to read. I believe that children love the feel and look of a book in their hands and like to share the illustrations with others.
When I read to my children when they were young we didn’t have tablets or such technology so we only had books. Now that I have grandchildren I read from books to them. Occasionally I read from my iPad to my youngest grandson but I noticed, incidentally, that his attention appeared to wander and wane and I had to grab him in with some funny voices or actions to bring him back. I never thought about the iPad being the culprit. I no longer read from this device to him and always pull out one of his books or one of mine. Ha! I still do the funny voices! He loves them! He does some of his own too!
I still love the feel and, strangely to say, the smell of a new book. The pages are new, smooth, crisp and turn with ease. But my Kindle and Nook devices offer me the ease and space of having many books on one device to take along for trips. Since I am such an avid and fast reader I need to carry several books with me when I travel for a week or more. But I do also take along a physical book or two for a lazy reading day on the beach where there is plenty of light for the small print.
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Of course they are!!!!!!!!!!!!
I read a lot of books on my iPad because it’s easy to take wherever I go. However, I never read books to my granddaughters on the iPad. I want them to touch and smell their books. I love letting them turn the pages and tell me what’s happening in the story.
I agree, Michelle. You are a good grandma! ❤️😘🤗
Awww, thanks, Janice! Mama and Gramma are my favorite roles. 😘
Students learn better from print sources as opposed to reading information from the computer and/tablets. The learning process is different and more tactile. Just saying 😉
This is interesting, Janice. Neither of my boys will read on a tablet. They both insist on real books.
So much better for them. I miss the feel of a book but do most of my reading on a tablet because of the convenience of it. Sigh! 🤗
An outstanding post, Janice! I read print books during the day and eBooks evenings. As for my grown children and all of my grands and greatgrands–print books are the ones I purchase as gifts for them. My kindle is convenient when traveling; but to me, there is nothing like turning the pages of a book and having it on my bookshelf or guest rooms to share with visitors and revisit myself. SHARING! Thanks for a thoughtful and thought-provoking post, my writerly friend! ❤ xo
Thank you, Bette! I agree! I buy or give books as gifts but do use my Readers traveling. 😘🤗
Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
So long as they’re reading, does it matter???
Thanks for sharing, Jack! For little ones it does since they like to hold a book in their hands and share with their parents. But all others as long as they read, I agree. 😀
I love my reader but I believe so important for a child to hold a wonderful book in their hands, plus with illustrations, the format is better in print. Will share in Tuesday’s blogger Daily Janice..excellent post..hugsx
Thank you, Sal! 😘🤗
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Thank you so much, Sally! Hugs x
Thank you so much for your kind support, Sally! 🤗 ❤️
came across your blog thanks to Sally Cronin. I agree with you, I enjoy reading on my Kindle or phone, but I think kids should be reading from physical books. They already spend enough time using technology.
Thank you, Jim, for stopping by. I agree. It is of the utmost importance that children read from physical books. They do spend too much time with technology. Let’s get back to the basics. 😆
two thumbs up for the basics!
Kindle is convenient for travel and keeping the weight down in luggage. I think paperbacks are best for young kids to experience the reading from a tangible book. I love paperbacks for anything to do with the craft of writing, easier to use as a reference. But I do love my Kindle. ❤
Me too, Debby! 😘🤗💕
I know what you mean, Debby! I love my Kindle for the ease of using it when I travel. It keeps my luggage weight way down! But I too love books! 😘🤗
I hear you bigtime! Lol 🙂 xx
As a longtime teacher in grades 2-6, this one is a no brainer for me. I’d go with books by a mile when it comes to kids. Younger children are comforted by the feel of a book and enjoy revisiting their favorite pages multiple times. There isn’t anything wrong with embracing technology, but my observations are that younger children will stick with a book much longer than a Kindle. As children get older, I don’t think it is quite so important.
I agree completely! Thank you for stopping by, Pete! 😀
Very relevant I agree with you on this
Thank you for your thoughts, Luciana! I totally agree! 😘🤗