Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America

learningathome_cover-231x300My subscription to Children’s Technology Review recently alerted me to a new (Jan 2014) report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center entitled Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America.

Some key findings:
· Most parents view TV watching as educational, providing children are watching Elmo and Dora and not Spongebob. Tablets and mobile devices are used less.
· The youngest children (2-3) spend the most time with “educational” media. and this time decreases dramatically at age 4; replaced by “fun” media.
· Parents consider TV to be more educational than apps and mobile experiences.
· There are lot of lower income kids who do not have access to interactive platforms.


Posted on February 6, 2014, in Literacy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This makes sense to me. Someone I know has a 1-year-old and he’s completely fine letting her sit and watch “educational” television but is staunchly against using any sort of interactive app with her. Seems a little backwards.

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