[RFHF] Atlantic Article: Tablets & Reading

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Jan 13 08:34:40 PST 2014


Tablets Make It Nearly Impossible for Kids to Get Lost in a Story
The Atlantic
Asi Sharabi, December 18, 2013
http://theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/tablets-make-it-nearly-impossible-for-kids-to-get-lost-in-a-story/282469/<http://m.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/tablets-make-it-nearly-impossible-for-kids-to-get-lost-in-a-story/282469/>

Many of you may find this article interesting in the debate about e-reading -vs- print reading for young children. Most of the article uses a study to indicate that e-reading is not helping most children engage in reading nor improving their reading skills, but the last paragraph  is key.
"Reading for pleasure is not instinctual. Unlike the instantly alluring tablet, engaging with stories is an acquired skill that takes time and effort. Parents should encourage a balanced "diet" of online and offline reading-both for older kids reading by themselves and for toddlers who need guided reading-to provide them with the necessary mental space to engage with a story in a deeper way."


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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