Alarms sound as parents favour DVD over I Spy travel games
A PARENT’S godsend or educational nightmare?
In-car DVD players and video games have come under attack from a leading UK communications expert who says traditional games such as I Spy should be favoured travel activities to boost children’s literacy.
Former educational psychologist Jean Gross said, instead, parents used lowmaintenance alternatives.
‘‘There’s a great belief among some parents that talking will come by itself but it’s not automatic. Children develop in close contact with adults,’’ Ms Gross said.
Torsten Sampson of Mobile Installations said DVDs could help entertain restless children and prevent them distracting the driver.
‘‘The main reason we have one installed is to keep the kids quiet. There is nothing more stressful while driving than having kids screaming and fighting in the back.’’
RAA mobility and safety manager Wendy Bevan said ‘‘communicating with your children is important’’ and playing games could be fun, but any activity in the car should not distract the driver.
Flinders University literacy expert Barbara Nielsen said travel games could lift literacy and numeracy skills.