So, I remember a a child before bed my mother would read to me. She did great voices for each character and the smooth pitch of her voice allowed me to imagine what she was reading. It was almost as if I was in another land or time. She was that good. Today, parents do not have to put forth that effort (although I encourage them to) when reading to their children at night. No, today we have books that read to children by themselves or prompt the child to hop on their ipad and find out the rest of the story.
I am all for interactivity, but in a sense transmedia storytelling for young children has the potential to replace their imagination. The computers and ipads just give the information to the child, without any thought. Just simply…swipe your finger left to right and push the button.
There are some positives that accompany transmedia storytelling though. So don’t worry, I don’t hate it completely. For students in younger grades, transmedia allows them to adapt to technology with ease. For example the teacher reads a story and the students are responsible for looking up the ending of the story online. The students learn the story, critically think what to search for in the search engine, and are satisfied with the end product because it was simple to attain through the internet. Everyone wins…. well almost.
At the end of the day, technology is a crucial component of our lives. It has become a necessary evil in some instances. I often find myself saying what would I do if I did not have Siri? I never want to find out either. However, I will be the type of parent that incorporates transmedia storytelling into my child’s life, but not during bedtime when screen time should be non existent for a good night’s sleep.