What You Need to Know Before Letting Your Kids Read E-Books

What You Need to Know Before Letting Your Kids Read E-Books | TIME.com.

children & books-1The results of this research should not be altogether surprising, but it is interesting and we ought to pay attention to this “downside” of e-reading, especially for children.

Though I have gathered some free Kindle children’s books – especially for the graphics, I might add – I have not used any of them yet with my grandchildren. I prefer to read to them out of traditional books, and I think they would agree – especially the books that are illustrated well. They do like pictures (and so do I!). That’s simply the nature of their age at present.

But, you see, I want them to associate those pictures with text on a page, with part of a story, and therefore with a physical book, not a device that is a distraction. They associate tablets with video games and videos, not reading. And that is fine with me. It’s books and stories I want them to love, not a tablet and apps. 🙂

On the other hand, for adults the experience of reading e-books can be different. Look for my post tonight from Alan Jacobs about the benefits he gained from e-reading.

Here is part of the report on children and e-reading. I regret that the Time.com link is no longer good and that the rest of this research report seems to be private (I had saved this last Fall and assumed the link would still be there; lesson learned.). But there is enough here to get the gist of the report.

Could e-books actually get in the way of reading?

That was the question explored in research presented last week by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, an associate professor at West Chester University, and her spouse Jordan T. Schugar, an instructor at the same institution. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, the Schugars reported the results of a study in which they asked middle school students to read either traditional printed books, or e-books on iPads. The students’ reading comprehension, the researchers found, was higher when they read conventional books. In a second study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.

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