The Debate of What’s Better for Children: Reading on Screen vs Print
The question of what’s best for kids, when it comes to learning is one parents, teachers and health professionals have been evaluating for years.
In a fantastic article in Education Week by Sarah Sparks explored the debate in greater detail.
In her article she writes:
“The pandemic has increased the amount of reading young children do in digital formats, and a new research analysis suggests parent and teacher behavior can mean the difference in whether e-books help or hinder reading skills in the long run.
All else being equal, children 8 years old and younger comprehend storybooks better when they are in print rather than digital form, according to an analysis of 39 experimental studies published in the Review of Educational Research.”
As a partner to book and magazine publishers, we’ve always championed the importance of the written word in print.
The experience one gets by holding something tangible and turning the pages of a good book brings together the senses in a way that simply cannot be duplicated in digital.
Education Week summed up the latest census by Common Sense Media that dives into some of the results of the pandemic on the reading habits of children,
“The group found that in 2020, children ages 8 and under spent on average, 32 minutes a day reading or being read to, up from 29 minutes a day in 2017.
Both print and e-reading increased overall, but e-reading rose particularly for some groups of students. Black students in that age group, for example, have gone from reading 28 minutes a day, including 8 minutes of e-reading and 20 minutes of print in 2017, to 48 minutes a day in 2020, including 33 minutes of print and 15 of e-reading. Similarly, students in families who earn less than $30,000 a year doubled their e-reading from 5 minutes a day to 10 minutes during that time.”
Inevitably, the debate between online vs print will continue on for years to come.
One thing is sure – there will always be a place for creative, intelligent, valuable writing. Whether escaping into an adventure story or learning how to speak spanish, publishers will continue to deliver experiences that become the foundation of our lives.
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