15 Replies Latest reply on Feb 21, 2011 1:28 PM by JMMoore

    NOOK FOR KIDS

    thewanderingjew

      I was looking over a childrens' book site and  I came across information about what is planned for kids, in the future, by Barnes and Noble. The Nook for them sounds very interesting, with all sorts of interactive options, but it made me wonder, if we immerse them so much in electronic devices, will they have any further need for social human interaction or will they become more and more introspective and anti-social? It seems like an interesting discussion for young moms and grandmoms.

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          Many parents are already allowing their children to play electronic devices for hours and hours which is very sad and at the risk of offending some, in my opinion, irresponsible. An "addiction" to reading on a Nook would not be good, but certainly better than the electronic games.

           

           

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              SuperC142

              EscapistFL wrote:

               

              Many parents are already allowing their children to play electronic devices for hours and hours which is very sad and at the risk of offending some, in my opinion, irresponsible. An "addiction" to reading on a Nook would not be good, but certainly better than the electronic games.

               

               


              I'm sorry EscapistFL, but I disagree wholeheartedly.  As a parent, it's my job to prepare my child for life as an adult and I believe that shielding my child from modern technology would be the irresponsible course of action.  Being comfortable with technology is already essential to being successful in this world; can you imagine what it will be like 20 years from now?  I'm a devoted father that spends every free minute with my son and I intentionally expose him to all of the technology I can for exactly this reason.  That doesn't mean sending him off to his room to play with a gadget by himself; we play with these things together.  He is two and a half, has his own laptop (a netbook), his own portable media player (a Zune), etc.  I've written software to help him learn to use the laptop.  He's already comfortable with a keyboard and is learning to type, understands basic interface constructs (such as drag-and-drop, etc.) and is, already, generally comfortable with technology.  I also read to him constantly and also encourage him to try to read the books himself.  A device that encourages him to read while simultaneously exposing him to technology is a very good thing, in my opinion.

               

              He has friends and plays well with other children.  Being comfortable with technology does not preclude having a rich social life.  Indeed, I'd say it enhances it, and that will become more true over the next two decades.

               

              This isn't intended to be construed as an attack (please don't take it as one); I understand why you believe the things that you do.  I just fundamentally disagree and wanted to explain the other side of the argument.

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                  SuperC142  I totally agree with your assessment.  I have a son who will be 6 in a month and he has had his own computer sense he was around two.   Unlike you though I am not of this generation and though I can get around a computer and most programs.  I have never learned any computer language.  It was in its infancy when I was in college   I feel it's highly important that he understand it and in fact relish it.  My son is also very out going, well he probably gets that from me.  He like me will walk up to most strangers in a group setting and say Hi I am Austin and start talking like he has known the kids forever.

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                    SuperC, we are actually in agreement!  My daughter has a DSi, I allow her to use one of our computers etc, however it is earned and timed.  I meant the parents that allow their children to spend hours and hours playing electronic games to the exclusion of sports, music, reading, playdates etc.

                     

                    I did not take it as an attack. You are very respectful. I totally agree with what you said. I should have explained myself better. :smileyhappy:

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                  Reading a paper book isn't any more social than reading on a Nook. Why would reading paper books be good for kids while reading on a Nook would be harmful?

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                      thewanderingjew

                       

                      I meant in regard to social interaction as in a library, for instance. Librarians have so much to impart, or used to, anyway. I can't imagine a library of nooks but maybe that is the way it will be someday. the card catalog is no longer a card catalog, newspapers are no longer stored, even The Oxford English Dictionary will no longer be published as a hard copy. Progress marches on.
                      Electronic devices are used mostly as babysitters, these days, and teaching tools. It may eliminate the need for a human being. Do you think people will lend their nooks to each other as they do books? Can you love your nook they way you loved a book? When I see certain books on a shelf, I get such a wonderful feeling. I don't get that with an e-device. I sometimes feel as if we are moving more and more to a world with less emotional attachments.
                      Also, a child can go to bed with a book and lovingly hold it. Somehow, although the picture might be interactive and more fun, I can't imagine a child loving a nook and taking it to bed because he loves the characters in the story or the pictures on the page or the fact that it is his/her very own. The emotional connection feels like it is missing.
                      That said, I don't think it would be harmful just more clinical, maybe.
                      luminessence wrote:

                      Reading a paper book isn't any more social than reading on a Nook. Why would reading paper books be good for kids while reading on a Nook would be harmful?


                       

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                          Doug_Pardee

                          thewanderingjew wrote:

                           

                          Also, a child can go to bed with a book and lovingly hold it. Somehow, although the picture might be interactive and more fun, I can't imagine a child loving a nook and taking it to bed because he loves the characters in the story or the pictures on the page or the fact that it is his/her very own. The emotional connection feels like it is missing.


                          I certainly can't speak for children, but I'm far more likely to take my NOOK to bed to read than take a book. The NOOK is much easier to handle while lying down, and if I fall asleep while reading, it shuts itself off and automatically keeps track of the page I was on.

                           

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                              thewanderingjew

                               


                              Doug_Pardee wrote:

                              thewanderingjew wrote:

                               

                              Also, a child can go to bed with a book and lovingly hold it. Somehow, although the picture might be interactive and more fun, I can't imagine a child loving a nook and taking it to bed because he loves the characters in the story or the pictures on the page or the fact that it is his/her very own. The emotional connection feels like it is missing.


                              I certainly can't speak for children, but I'm far more likely to take my NOOK to bed to read than take a book. The NOOK is much easier to handle while lying down, and if I fall asleep while reading, it shuts itself off and automatically keeps track of the page I was on.

                               


                              That is a feature I was unaware of, but I don't often use my e-reader. I guess it depends on the age of the reader...I have to admit, I am a kid at heart but....the rest of me isn't!

                               

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                                lisat96

                                 


                                Doug_Pardee wrote:
                                I certainly can't speak for children, but I'm far more likely to take my NOOK to bed to read than take a book. The NOOK is much easier to handle while lying down, and if I fall asleep while reading, it shuts itself off and automatically keeps track of the page I was on.

                                 


                                And you don't roll over on the nook and end up with bent pages or a torn cover.

                                 

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                                Ya_Ya

                                I don't think anyone is suggesting that NOOK or NOOKcolor replace regular books entirely, at least for children.

                                 

                                I'm not a Mom, but I have three nephews.  One is 4 (almost 5), one is 18 months and the third is 6 weeks old.  The 4-year-old and I play our own version of Scrabble, he loves books so much.  He would LOVE the NOOK.  The 18-month-old's most cherished toys are his books.  (Both of their mothers are teachers; one is an elementary school librarian the other teaches Montessori pre-K.)  

                                 

                                I imagine they would still have books they'd take to bed with them, that they'd know by cover and present to Uncle to read.  Uncle, who doesn't always get it and on more than one occasion has started to read the book, silently to himself.  The older one thinks he's joking and pokes him and they read together.  The little one just stands there looking puzzled.  :smileyvery-happy:

                                 

                                (Any wonder we're still childless?)

                                 

                                I haven't eliminated DTBs yet; I imagine I won't buy any that I haven't already read.  Sort of a NOOK it and those that I must have in paper, well, I'll buy a second time.  (I have Harry Potter in hard back, in softcover, and if I could have it on my NOOK, I would.)

                                 

                                I do understand what you are saying about libraries - but the libraries are doing everything they can to make themselves relevant; they'll probably still have children's storytimes, but maybe they'll be reading from NOOKs?

                                 

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                              icebike

                              If you substitute the word "Book" for "Nook" the post becomes kind of silly.  Nook simply changes the form of the book.  Not the content.  Not the purpose.  Not the enjoyment.

                               

                              The objection then seems to become that kids are going to spend too much time reading.  While not impossible, its a risk most parents would be willing to take. 

                               

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                                I let my 4 year old play Wii.  He watches TV.  That's enough electronic devices for him.  I want him to use DTBs as long as possible, just to have the experience of the feel and smell. 

                                 

                                I've seen kids who are always lost in books (electronic or not).  I don't think having an electronic book will cause any more "addiction" than using a DTB for escape.  I've also seen kids who couldn't sit still with a book if they tried.  Maybe the e-book will get some kids to read who otherwise think they "hate" it.  If a kid who hates to read has a cook e-gadget to use for reading, it might start a new love of reading. 

                                 

                                But whatever the case, I think it's important for parents to create balance across all the playing genres--electronics, outside games, alone, with friends, etc.  I try to make sure my son is exposed to many different things and people.  It's alot easier to just sit and let him play Wii all day than it is to play with him; but  no one ever said parenting would be easy.

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                                  thewanderingjew wrote:

                                  I was looking over a childrens' book site and  I came across information about what is planned for kids, in the future, by Barnes and Noble. The Nook for them sounds very interesting, with all sorts of interactive options, but it made me wonder, if we immerse them so much in electronic devices, will they have any further need for social human interaction or will they become more and more introspective and anti-social? It seems like an interesting discussion for young moms and grandmoms.


                                  Why is it an interesting discussion for young moms and grandmoms? What about old moms? What about dads? What about granddads?

                                   

                                  Addiction to anything is bad. Electronics aren't any different here. A DTB is no different than an eBook, and both are probably a whole lot better for kids than a video game. That said, there's also plenty of evidence that moderate video game playing is something that can provide many benefits and could be considered "a good thing". I don't fear eBooks (or even electronic gaming) leading to anti-social behavior.

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                                      thewanderingjew

                                       


                                      sirwillard wrote:

                                      thewanderingjew wrote:

                                      I was looking over a childrens' book site and  I came across information about what is planned for kids, in the future, by Barnes and Noble. The Nook for them sounds very interesting, with all sorts of interactive options, but it made me wonder, if we immerse them so much in electronic devices, will they have any further need for social human interaction or will they become more and more introspective and anti-social? It seems like an interesting discussion for young moms and grandmoms.


                                      Why is it an interesting discussion for young moms and grandmoms? What about old moms? What about dads? What about granddads?

                                       

                                      TWJ WROTE: POINT WELL TAKEN, SORRY.

                                       

                                      Addiction to anything is bad. Electronics aren't any different here. A DTB is no different than an eBook, and both are probably a whole lot better for kids than a video game. That said, there's also plenty of evidence that moderate video game playing is something that can provide many benefits and could be considered "a good thing". I don't fear eBooks (or even electronic gaming) leading to anti-social behavior.


                                       

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                                      I just got my Nook for Christmas (My husband is tired of tripping over all of my other books) and every night my 3 year old and I sit and read a story on the Nook she loves it and the pages don't tear! She often wants me to get it out and read, she also has over 50 other childrens books in a state of disarray, a book should be read and hers are already thouroughly thumbed through. The Nook lets her pick hndreds of books and being 50 miles away from a B&N it's not always easy to get there. It's easy to travel with and in the car she would rather the Nook read to her than watch a movie or play games. So with all of the pros and cons that people have, wouldn't you rather have a child read and explore their imaginations. It doesn't matter how they read it just matters that they read.