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Parents: Think Twice About Keeping Kids 'Plugged in' Over Summer

Parents Should Think Twice Before Keeping Kids Plugged In

Amazon launched a new, personalized summer math program for Kindle earlier this week, according to Nbcnews.com, but experts caution against taking away too much of kids' summer downtime.

Alfie Kohn, author of The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting, suggested that adults question whether the purpose of education apps is to aid children in becoming better thinkers and more excited learners, or to help app purveyors make a buck.

"Mostly [over the summer], kids fall behind in their ability to take standardized tests," said Kohn. "But time off provides time to develop abstract thought and explore ideas learned during the school year."

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld Contributor

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