In the last five years, children have been spending less time watching television, but more time tapping on tablets and smartphones. Given the increased access to digital media, there’s a greater opportunity for parents and educators to pay closer attention to how children can use these devices as a learning tool. To help parents make smart choices about the media they use with children, Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, advocate “The Three C’s”: the Content, the Context, and the individual Child. Ask yourself the following questions…
* Are there signs that the content is well designed for learning?
* Does the content make sense for my child at this age, at this stage in development?
* Is this app part of a balanced media diet that supports children’s whole wellness and intellectual development?
* Do these games inspire your child to research and read more about the topic, and engage in related imaginative play?
* How does this media relate to each child’s individual disposition?
* How does a child respond to particular storylines and images?
* Does the child’s media use before bed disrupt sleep?
Tap, Click, Read will show you how to:
* Promote the adult-child interactions that help kids grow into strong readers.
* Learn how to use digital media to build a foundation for literacy.
* Discover new tools that open up avenues for creativity, critical thinking, and knowledge-building that today’s children need for success.
The book’s accompanying website, TapClickRead.org, keeps you updated on new research and provides vital resources.
Learn more in this article: How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning