Differences in Parent-Toddler Interactions With Electronic Versus Print Books

Authors
Tiffany G. Munzer, Alison L. Miller, Heidi M. Weeks, Niko Kaciroti, Jenny Radesky

Publication
Pediatrics, April 2019, Volume 143 / Issue 4

Objectives
Previous research has documented less dialogic interaction between parents and preschoolers during electronic-book reading versus print. Parent-toddler interactions around commercially available tablet-based books have not been described. We examined parent-toddler verbal and nonverbal interactions when reading electronic versus print books.

Conclusions
Parents and toddlers verbalized less with electronic books, and collaboration was lower. Future studies should examine specific aspects of tablet-book design that support parent-child interaction. Pediatricians may wish to continue promoting shared reading of print books, particularly for toddlers and younger children.”

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