November 28, 2016
Bengaluru: Parenting can be job that leaves anyone plagued with doubts. And while researchers, with their contrary findings, bring more confusion than clarity in parenting, there is one new survey that will cause mothers and fathers to cheer.
Apparently, 58 per cent of Indian children have shown positive behavioural changes after using digital learning platforms. This finding is the result of a survey conducted by AppyStore.in, a subscription-based children’s edutainment service provider.
“This is a surprise. This survey will encourage schools and parents to use the tool more effectively,” says Rishi Mittal, an executive in an MNC.
The study reveals that children between 1.5 and 8 years have been the biggest beneficiaries. “The study suggests that about 28 per cent of parents who allowed their children unrestricted screen time found the change. I am one of this 28 per cent. I let my child watch informative programmes,” says Arvind, a father to a five-year-old.
“Today, digital learning tools give exposure to kids and bring an overall development in them,” says Prachi Chitre, child psychologist at AppyStore.
The survey, which looked closely at parental expectations and concerns regarding children’s cognitive growth, also showed that digital learning has now become almost at par with traditional learning tools.
“There has to be a healthy balance of screen time and traditional learning. As a teacher, we notice that children learn fast when they view something,” says Jayashree, a government school teacher.
And with 68 per cent parents using online platforms to teach new concepts, Jayashree says that you cannot deny children this medium in the digital age. “There is so much to learn from the digital world. There is a world of information very interestingly packaged. We just have to know the right way to receive it,” says Jayshree.