Longitudinal Associations Between Screen Use and Reading in Preschool-Aged Children

Longitudinal Associations Between Screen Use and Reading in Preschool-Aged Children Brae Anne McArthur, Dillon Browne, Sheila McDonald, Suzanne Tough, Sheri Madigan Pediatrics Jun 2021, 147 (6) e2020011429; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-011429

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/147/6/e2020011429

Video Abstract

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/147/6/e2020011429

What’s Known on This Subject:

Book reading is a critical element of the home environment that promotes school readiness and academic achievement. With increasing use of media devices, longitudinal research is needed to determine if screen use is interfering with off-line activities such as reading.

What This Study Adds:

Findings support a dynamic relationship whereby screen use at 24 months leads to lower reading at 36 months, which in turn leads to greater screen use at 60 months. Families should be encouraged to engage in device-free time.

COMPANION PAPER: A companion to this article can be found online at www.pediatrics.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2020-047472.

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