Kids prefer the TV for their viewing, but love other devices

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In this Jan. 6, 1953, file photo, four children watch a television in Baltimore, Md. Ever since freckle-faced puppet Howdy Doody ushered in children’s television nearly 70 years ago, each new generation of viewers has been treated to a growing bounty of programs on a mushrooming selection of gadgetry. Even so, it may be surprising that youngsters watch most television on a television. Just as their elders mostly still do, and always did, since TV first began. (AP Photo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Grace Ellis has never known a time when you needed a TV to watch TV.

The North Attleboro, Massachusetts, fifth-grader watches shows like “Liv and Maddie,” ”Jessie” and “The Lodge” on her laptop, iPad and phone.

“Sometimes I watch TV in the car,” she says. “I have ballet every day, so I watch on the way.”

She has a TV in her bedroom that isn’t hooked up to cable but is perfect for watching DVDs.

And the family’s flat-screen has advantages of its own.

“It’s much bigger,” Grace explains, “and on the couch, it’s comfier.”

Ever since freckle-faced puppet Howdy Doody ushered in children’s television nearly 70 years ago, each new generation of viewers has been treated to a growing bounty of programs on a mushrooming selection of gadgetry.

But nothing compares to the current wave: “The generation coming up now is used to having everything at their fingertips,” says Stacey Lynn Schulman, an analyst at the Katz Media Group.

Why not? From birth, theirs has been a world of video digitally issuing from every screen. And for them, any of those screens is just another screen, whether or not you call it “TV.”

“When they love a (show), they love it in every form and on every platform,” says Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami.

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