Parents think kids learn more from TV than from education apps -survey

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Jan 24, 2014 07:07 AM EST

From parents' point of view, children are able to learn more from TV watching than from mobile education apps, according to a recent survey. Moreover, as the number of hours spent on screen-based media increases, the amount of education value actually decreases, wrote VentureBeat.

Based on data gathered by New York education-focused research group The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, children spend more time time on mobile gadgets as they grow up. Parents who participated in the survey said 52% of the time, their kids' TV activity was educational. However, only 36% of the children's mobile time was considered educational by the parents. Though there are various learning apps available in the market, parents think their kids learn less from mobile apps than from TV, the report detailed.

Of the respondents, 57% said education apps did help children learn a lot, especially in math and reading. But in subjects like arts and sciences, parents are not so confident in the learning process from screen-based media, the report explained.

The Joan Ganz report read: "Most parents have a relatively balanced view of what constitutes educational media. ... Our goal should be to help parents be as accurately discerning as possible in their media choices, even as we work to raise the quality of all media for children."

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