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.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and learned something new about the importance of reading to children from physical books.
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