Children's media expert discusses school readiness

Preparing your child for elementary school
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(WMBF) - Today on WMBF News at 4 p.m., we talked to Abby Jenkins, the Director of Content for PBS Kids Digital, about preparing your child for elementary school.

Below is a portion of a news release from PBS Kids with more information about the skills kids are lacking before heading to elementary school:

New PBS Survey: Nearly Half of Parents Worried Their Child Lacks Needed Skills to Start Elementary School

PBS Children's Media Expert Shares Tips to Get Kids Ready for School

A national survey of American families with young children age 2-6 has found that nearly half of parents worry their child won't have the skills they need when they start elementary school. In the survey, parents were asked to identify their critical concerns about school readiness. The results show that parents are not only worried about reading and math; they are increasingly concerned that their young children are not socially and emotionally ready to face preschool and kindergarten.

The survey shows that parents clearly understand the educational benefits of exposing their children to media and technology, with 89 percent in agreement that these resources can be partners in educating kids. Among the resources used by parents to help develop kids' social and emotional skills, TV shows are No. 1 for both categories (56% and 59%, respectively), followed by books (48% and 53%), electronic learning toys (25% and 21%), computer games (25% and 21%), websites (20% and 19%) and apps (18% and 14%).

For more from PBS Kids, visit: http://www.pbskids.org/