This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition on 08, June, 2015 as “Play by ear.”
As the mother of a three-year-old girl and 20-month-old boy, silence is something I rarely encounter these days. Throughout the day they exercise and build their vocabulary through play, songs, squabbles and (endless) questions. My husband and I read to our children daily, encouraging them to use their imaginations and learn new phrases. Our children, however, belong to the generation of digital natives. Learning through multimedia platforms such as tablets, smartphones and computers comes naturally to them, having been exposed to technology since birth.
Like many parents and schools we supplement traditional books with child-appropriate apps that are entertaining and educational. However, they rely on the user being visually engaged with the programme leading to the issue of screen-time exposure. As a broadcaster and lover of the spoken word, I listen to a lot of radio and podcasts. There are podcasts for every age group and interest, so I looked into ones aimed at children. My children were hooked immediately. Read the full article on the SCMP website, here.