Computer use linked to improved reading scores
| Sep 17, 2010
A University of Maryland researcher has a message for parents who fret about how much time their preteen children spend on computers: Worry not.
In what researchers describe as one of the first long-term looks at the effects of media use during childhood, a study released September 15 linked hours at the computer with achievement test scores and behavior and found little sign of harm for children ages 6 to 12 as they increased their screen time over a six-year period. Moreover, the study found benefits for girls and black boys.
The study, published in the journal Child Development, showed that African American boys' reading scores improved by four points, considered significant, as they increasingly logged more time on the computer. Girls' achievement test scores for reading and math notched upward by a point. Read more about the study in The Washington Post online.