Parents and Kids Still Prefer Print Books
How are parents and their kids using e-books at home? Lori Takeuchi, director of research for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, discussed preliminary results from a new study on this subject during her speech to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference.
Almost half of the respondents to the center’s survey (553 out of 1,200 parents) said they read e-books to their kids, while 332 said they owned e-readers but chose not to share them with their children. Some of the top reasons caregivers choose not to introduce e-readers are that they prefer print, they find e-books more difficult to read, and they worry that their child will want to use e-readers exclusively.
Of those parents who used e-readers with their kids, 88.4 percent were mothers with a mean age of 37.5 and who had a child averaging 4.3 years old. Although Takeuchi stressed that the sampling wasn’t a broad representation, the findings show that respondents tend to be educated, fairly wealthy, and white.
Of those who read e-books with their kids, 73 percent believe their read-aloud functions help children learn to read, while 21 percent feel it distracts kids from learning to read. Close to 80 percent of parents who use e-books with their kids say they still prefer print books, and 61 percent of their children do, too, Takeuchi says. Some 77 percent of parents also say they give their kids ebooks to read alone, while 23 percent say they never do. Read more here.
Interesting that parents and kids still prefer print books . . . children’s books seem like one category of texts that might remain mostly on paper. Or will they? What do you think?