Friday, January 31, 2014

Most parents believe that the large amounts of time their kids spend with digital devices is educational. But the fact is, whereas kids aged 2-to-4 spend about 50 percent of their time on educational software, kids aged 8-to-10 spend less than 25 percent of their time on educational software.

Really alarming? Poor parents vastly overestimate the educational value of software. Lower-income parents believe their kids spend as much as 60 percent of their time with educational software, when it is much less. It's not clear if poor parents are misjudging how much time their kids spend on educational software, or if they believe games are educational.

Either way, poor parents are doing their kids a huge disservice. It's harming those kids who need educational software the most.

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