I’ve written about not having a Kindle here previously. I still don’t have one, but my 12-year-old daughter got one for Christmas and loves it. Am I jealous? Not quite yet. She and I both have some thoughts on it. We both wondered if it’s cheating to have a Kindle and we had a major discussion about it. She purchased a book on it, and had the computerized voice ‘read’ it to her.
She ‘finished’ her book in record time. She didn’t have to turn pages, but she did follow along with her eyes. I know she can read, duh, she’s in seventh grade, but she’s not a speed reader. She loved the book that she ‘read’ on her Kindle, but now I have to wonder … is this considered reading? Really? Is this like ‘listening’ to an audio book? Is this ‘fair’ reading?
I’m not so sure.
I told her that I will not let her listen to all of her books. She knows this, and at school, they have reading time, where she will have to read her books. It was interesting because she even said to me, “It’s like ‘screen time’ mom, and it’ll rot your brain!” So what does THAT mean? That a seventh grader gets it. That having a Kindle, and having it read to her is still kind of like screen time?
Still, it’s better than sitting in front of a computer game, or the TV, isn’t it?
I’m really curious to know what other parents feel about this?
And nope, I still don’t want a Kindle. I’m in love with my real life books, with the touch and smell of them.