Do Not Let Alexa Read Your Child a Bedtime Story
“Alexa, read my child a bedtime story.”
Last week I heard a radio ad gushing about the option to have Amazon’s Alexa read children bedtime stories. In the brief ad, the presumably exhausted mother is relieved to let Alexa take over this onerous duty so that she, the parent, can just relax.
Please don’t let Alexa read your child bedtime stories.
There’s no disputing the advantages of reading aloud to children. Studies showthat read-aloud sessions improve cognitive development, build language skills and vocabulary, increase concentration, and cultivate imagination and creativity. Brain scans of young children listening to stories show vigorous brain activity, and scientists believe these reading sessions improve neuroconnectivity. Certainly any parent who wants to improve their child’s chances for academic success should read to their offspring early and often.
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