Health Minute: print books better for children

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(CNN) — Bedtime stories are a timeless tradition between parent and child. But with digital books, is there a reason to keep print versions cluttering up the house?

Reading to our kids has so many great benefits.  From inspiring the imagination to cultivating a love for books and even getting them to fall asleep.

Now with tablets, we can have thousands of options at our fingertips. But one study says it may not be the best idea to incorporate tablets into reading time with kids.

According to findings published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, parents who read to their children from tablets have less overall interaction with them.

While studying the interactions between 37 sets of parents and toddlers reading from both digital and print researchers observed the toddlers were less likely to listen when it was a digital book and more likely to interrupt their parents and try to block their view of the tablets.

While not all screen time is negative, groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics say that time limits based on age, and content restrictions need to be set when it comes to kids and screen time.

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