In this technology-obsessed world, many people, including young children, read e-books. An electronic book, referred to as an e-book, is a digital version of a printed book that includes text and images (though some e-books are digital only). E-books can be read on computers, smartphones, tablets or e-book readers. Enhanced e-books include interactive features, such as narration, animated pictures, music, sound effects, links that connect to games and other entertaining content. Parents are buying e-books for their young children in growing numbers, and it is expected that a new generation may become more used to reading from a tablet or e-reader than from a traditional print book.
Although many parents of young children still think that it is very important to read print books to their children (81 percent), e-reading has been on the rise (i). With current media usage guidelines, parents of young children often ask the question “Is it okay for young children to read e-books instead of print books?”
There are some clear benefits of e-books:
However, there are some drawbacks:
Not all e-books are the same, and some commercially available e-books are not good quality ones. For example, some e-books include a beneficial dictionary that helps improve children’s vocabulary, while others include interactive features that distract children’s attention from the story. It’s important to choose e-books with features that might help children learn.
Partners in Parenting
The first five years of life have a significant effect on children’s development and learning and parents play the most important role during this time. Partners in Parenting offers many educational programs, workshops and resources primarily for parents with young children (0-5 years of age) to support healthy child development, school readiness skills, and positive parent-child interaction.
Kim, Y., 2017, E-Books for Young Children, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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