Enhancing children's health through digital story.

College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA.
Computers, informatics, nursing: CIN (Impact Factor: 0.95). 01/2008; 26(3):142-8; quiz 149-50. DOI: 10.1097/01.NCN.0000304779.49941.44
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Stories in all of their many forms, including books, plays, skits, movies, poems, and songs, appeal to individuals of all ages but especially the young. Children are easily engaged in stories, and today's generation of children, the millennium generation, demands interactive, multimedia-rich environments. Story as a teaching and learning technique is pervasive in the classroom but is infrequently used to promote health. Because of advancing technology, it is possible to create interactive digital storytelling programs that teach children health topics. Using digital storytelling in an interactive environment to promote health has not been tested, but there is empirical support for using story in health education and interactive technology to promote health. This article briefly reviews the literature and discusses how technology and storytelling can be joined to promote positive health outcomes.

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