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Parents' Top Back to School Tech Questions

Does reading on the iPad or Kindle count toward my kids' daily reading minutes, or would it just be considered screen time?

Certain e-readers are better for literacy than others.

Question: Is it "really reading" when my kids read e-readers instead of printed book?

Answer: As long as they are "really reading," then it's legit. The best way to ensure that real reading is happening, stick to basic e-readers with paper-like screens that don't download apps. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, print and basic e-books are better for "literacy-building experiences" than feature-rich, multimedia e-books.

Bringing e-readers to school is tricky — they can get lost, stolen, or broken. So it might be best to leave them at home or make sure your kid is very careful. —Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media (Photo: iStock)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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