- Kids engage more with stories read from book than from tablet – study
- It was found that parents talked to their children more when they read the original book
- Young people also responded more to this interaction, as did the use of a tablet.
- University of Michigan researchers studied 72 parents and their children
Many families with young children now own a tablet and some use them for bedtime stories or as an educational tool to help young people learn.
But a new study suggests it may be time to abandon devices for such use, after finding that children actually engage more with stories than if they were read from an actual book.
Researchers in the US compared tablet use with traditional children’s books in a study of 72 parents with young children aged 24 to 36 months.
They found that parents tended to talk more when reading an actual book to their children, while children also responded more to the conversation, as if a tablet was used.
A new study suggests it may be time to give up on bedtime reading tablets, after finding that children actually engage more with stories than if they read from an actual book (stock image) go.
Why are girls better than boys at reading and writing?
Research shows that girls generally score better than boys on standardized literacy tests.
The trend is observed as early as the age of 10 years and continues till the age of 18 years.
Previous research has shown that women and men use their brains differently.
Girls use both brain hemispheres to read and write, while boys usually rely on just one.
Boys also display more disruptive behavior in the classroom than girls.
They are more likely to be inattentive and disrupt teachers.
Scientists also suggest that reading and language are viewed as feminine skills from an early age.
This means that boys are less likely than girls to be pressured to improve these skills.
This is important because parent-child interactions are important for future developmental outcomes in language, friendships and school success, the researchers said.
He said the lack of engagement between children and their parents was partly attributed to distractions such as animations, advertisements and other pop-ups on electronic tablets.
The study, conducted by the University of Michigan, used three Fisher Price nursery rhyme apps—all of which have been downloaded more than 1 million times on the Google Play Store—and books with the same text.
The Itsy, Bitsy Spider in stories; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; row Row Row Your Boat; and Hickory Dickory Dock.
The researchers said they chose the apps because ‘they are inherently more prone to turn-taking (for example, a child completing a verse started by a parent) and gestures than other child-directed apps’ ‘.
Of the parents who participated in the study, 93 percent were mothers.
Parent-child interactions are central to future child development outcomes (language, peer relationships, academic achievement), which are shaped by many aspects of the environment, including digital media, the authors wrote.
‘We found that child response to parental verbal responses (a central aspect of parent-child interactive reciprocity) was lower during use of tablet nursery rhyme apps than during use of print books.
Researchers found that parents tended to talk more to their children when reading an actual book, while children also responded more to this conversation if a tablet was used (stock image)
‘Not only were parental verbal interactions toward toddlers less frequent in the tablet situation, but most of these verbalizations were ignored by toddlers and to a more significant degree when using a tablet than a print book used to go.’
Emotional bursts at puberty are more likely to occur when reading from a book than from a digital device.
The researchers concluded that software designers should integrate feedback from trained early childhood experts to make e-books more educational for children, while eliminating distractions such as animations, ads and other pop-ups.
The study authors said, “Tablets and mobile devices are major fixtures in modern family life, and app design features may constrain children’s responses despite parents’ efforts to engage their children in developmentally rich interactions.” Huh.”
He added that parents should also look at digital media with their children, ask questions and talk to help their children engage and learn.
The research has been published in the journal American Academy of Pediatrics,