When you’re trying to get your children off screens, eBooks can seem counter-intuitive. Are they good or bad for your children? As with everything to do with the digital age, the answer is not so simple.
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At one stage eBooks were the fastest growing sector of children’s publishing. It looked like it was all over for paper books, bookstores, libraries, etc. The major publishing houses were hooking up eBook and app sections...
While I would always encourage reaching for a book first, sometimes screen time can be educational and entertaining too. I’m also realistic – my children have been born into a time where screen time is part of their life and like it or fear it, books need to move over and make space for the newcomers on the block.
A little girl grows up with huge excitement about learning to read. Her grandfather takes a book and pours honey over it, telling her that knowledge is sweet, but to get to the sweetness, she has to read through the book. When she gets to grade 1 she is puzzled that the other children move on to other readers while she stays stuck on the beginning reader.
Everyone knows libraries have special rules. So what to do when a lion enters the library and doesn’t want to leave? Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is quite put out at first but she soon realises that he just wants to listen to story time and help her out.
eBooks have become the fastest growing sector of children’s publishing. All major publishing houses now have eBooks and apps sections and all major book selling sites such as Kalahari, Amazon, Exclusives have them too. Should you buy e-Books or is this just increasing your children’s screen time?