Parents who love reading, love reading to their kids, and love reading on their eReaders don’t necessarily love reading to their kids using the handheld electronic devices.
A survey of 1,200 parents of kids ages 2 to 6 found that almost 90 percent of those who owned an iPad read exclusively print books to their kids.
Can you blame them?
Kids eBooks promise all kinds of things — links to cartoons, video pictures, pop up images. Who wants that? Well, kids do and that’s the point. Kids also want to touch the iPad, click the links, hit every button they can, wait, we’re reading a story here? A pre-bedtime books becomes yet another opportunity for a meltdown, particularly when Dad doesn’t want Precious jamming her finger into the screen; particularly when Mom just wants to finish the story, tuck everyone in and be done with the day.
Parents also overwhelmingly preferred their kids read print books and, again, no question. Parents know how hard it is to accomplish a task when the siren song of other stuff to do online is sounding. Sure, put the eReader in airplane mode. But any 2-year-old will fix that for you real quick.
Here’s ow I think of it: I’m hopelessly addicted to life online. I find the internet and all it’s juiciness creates a daily battle of wills between me and my various personalities — the Type A driven one and the Type Z just one more click one. I like to think that making my iPad off limits to them is a gift I’m giving them. (Plus, I’m tired of cleaning yogurt smears off the screen.)