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80% of Children Under Age 5 Use the Internet

I used to think that the web stuff was less likely to be of interest to pre-schoolers but it appears I was wrong. Mostly I recommend that we use social media with this group to connect and communicate with a generation of young mothers who are quite comfortable with the medium. That’s still true but maybe there’s a viable plan for toddlers in libraries too.

80% of Children Under Age 5 Use the Internet [STATS]
Via Mashable

“Nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis, according to a report released Monday from education non-profit organizations Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop.

The report, which was assembled using data from seven recent studies, indicates that young children are increasingly consuming all types of digital media, in many cases consuming more than one type at once.”

Always Connected: The new digitial media habits of young childrenby Aviva Lucas Gutnick et al, March 2011

DOWNLOAD: Report (48 page PDF)

And, as for story time books, you might find the point of view in this posting interesting too.

Picture Books in a Golden Age?

““Children’s literature has entered what many believe to be a new golden age,” she explained. “One in which the artistry in picture books rivals the latest apps, even as the creativity of game designers influences illustration and pacing. Online is often the best place to showcase this work.””

“The web is a better place for showing off picture books. The registration is better, the colors brighter, the size and number of page images potentially larger. And if a crossover with “apps” is going to boost the form’s economic viability, as so many hope, reviewing the results in a digital medium makes sense.”

Are we entering a golden age for children’s books?


Posted on: March 14, 2011, 6:15 pm Category: Uncategorized