Is reading on a tablet better for young children, or should they stick to paper books?

Bedtime stories can be comforting, chilling and mysterious, but new research highlights how emotions change depending on how children are doing it.

 

Figures report a drop from 86 per cent of parents reading with their five-year-olds to just 38 per cent with 11-year-olds.

 

Most of us have an opinion about whether we prefer reading on screen or paper: but what difference does it make for children? The truth is that technology is now encountered from babyhood. Anecdotes abound of toddlers swiping their fingers across paper rather than turning the page, while parents and teachers express their fear of screen addiction as tablets introduce new distractions as well as new attractions for young readers.

 

Ofcom figures tell us that children’s screen use rises sharply towards the end of primary school (from age seven to 11) and in the same period, book-reading drops. Increasing screen use is a reality, but does it contribute to a loss of interest in reading, and does reading from a screen provide the same experience as the feel of reading on paper?

 

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