Tablet devices may be becoming increasingly popular with the kids in the US, though only half are being used for education, a study conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center has revealed. In a survey that covered 1,577 parents, 62 percent stated their kids aged 2 – 10 have access to a tablet or ebook reading device, but only about 49 percent of these stated they actually use the device to read. Further, kids tend to spend no more than just five minutes on average to read off a tablet or ereader daily, compared to about thirty minutes they spend reading printed books.
What the study has also revealed is that for parents, 44 of the content that children consume on their devices is related to education. Subject wise, 57 percent of the parents believed their kids have learned a lot when they deal with content related to maths, while only 19 believed so when their kids learned about science on their tablet devices.
The above finding comes at a time when there has been an increase in effort towards making tablet devices more accessible for kids and parents alike. A notable development in this sphere, apart from Samsung launching a kid specific tablet, is the recent effort by Dreamworks and Fuhu to launch a tablet device with intuitive software to appeal to the kids.