“Those of us who have been around for a while continue to marvel at the way mobile technology is rapidly becoming a part of everyday life. For today’s young children, however, smartphones and tablets are as basic and intuitive as the household refrigerator. Parents and teachers alike are asking themselves: what role do e-readers have on today’s learning reader?
One of the reasons it is difficult to reach a conclusion is because there are several factors to consider, including age, platform, and whether the child is reading alone or with a parent. It is also important to note that the effects of digital reading suffer the same demographic gaps as print reading. This means gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status all play an important role. Still, academics and child health professionals have some important advice on the fears and hopes surrounding e-readers.”