Story Time Could Be Turning Into Play Time for Toddlers

Child development experts worry interactive games in digital books prevent learning.
3:04 | 10/29/14

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Now to the "Morning stir." Important question for parents. How to read to your toddlers. More and more moms and dads are using digital readers instead of books. And the consequences. Juju Chang has more. Reporter: We have seen the babies who can't talk, but they know how to swipe and navigate a tablet. But parents Reading to little ones, readers are not as effective as good old-fashioned books. 4-year-old Christian loves turning the pages of his favorite book about trains. Turn the page. Reporter: But also enjoys swiping stories on his iPad. And he gets sucked into the games that pop up along the way. Show me what you're working with. Reporter: Now child development experts worry that story time is playing time. Claiming that interactive games and digital books are pleasanting children from focussing and learning. It's an issue his mom noticed. Christian comprehends less on the iPad. There are too many distractions within a lot of the apps. Reporter: But the importance of Reading is the interaction between parent and child. Something one study found parents are less likely to do on an electronic device with all those bells and whistles. We have to get the distractions out of the book. We need to have socially-interactive moments, young children if we're going to build those conversations and help in early literacy. Reporter: The American academy of pediatrics said parents should read to their children from birth. And no screen time for children under 2. Told hers and up, less than two hours a day. Parents believe they're learning from the digital books and interactive games. Even learning from an book or swiping a pad, there's learning going on. We can't doubt that. Reporter: But according to the author of "How toddlers thrive," it's the precious moments cuddling around a book that's the building blocks. The other idea is never use your iPad as a baby sitter. It's a slippery slope. You start to give your child the iPad or phone and it's a pass fire for them. Reporter: An electronic pa si fire. We have seen results in adults who can't remember plot points. And tenth graders, Reading comprehension were lower on books. But the whole distraction factor of having pictures pop up. It's like the reader is doing the work for you, getting in the way of imagination. Exactly. The key is parent/child interaction. Read comic books, newspapers, anything. At the bottom line, the more words that kids hear at a younger age, the higher their vocabulary. The reader is better than nothing. Than nothing, absolutely. Thank you very much.

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