According to a new report by Digital Book World and Play Collective (love that name!), kids who read digitally now do so more on Kindle Fires than iPads: 27 percent on the Fire vs. 20 percent on an iPad. That’s a switch from eight months ago when it was 20 percent Fire, 22 percent iPad.
Not surprisingly, there’s also been an increase in the number of children who have access to tablets. About 84 percent of children who read digitally have access to a tablet, up from 72 percent in January. All figures are for the U.S. only.
My kid is way beyond this age (he’s 21), so I don’t usually think about youngsters and technology until I read a report like this, or watch a child playing with a device when I’m out.
About a month ago, I watched a young boy (who wasn’t yet two), handle an iPhone every bit as well as I do. Who says young children don’t have hand-eye coordination? He didn’t fumble or drop the thing once, and he was swiping, changing apps and playing games like a pro.
Earlier this year, I was sitting near a young boy playing Temple Run on an iPad mini. I couldn’t even follow the game play, much less hope to do nearly as well.
Yes, I see the temptation to park a child in front of an iPad (or now, more often a Kindle Fire) and use the device as a babysitter. On the other hand, technology skills are only going to be more in demand in the future, and I think there’s a value in having children learn them young.
But then, I’m a self-professed geek, so I might just be biased. Thoughts?