Yesterday Scholastic released the fourth edition of their bi-annual “Kids & Family Reading Report,” a national survey sharing kids’ and parents’ views on reading in the increasingly digital landscape and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading.
The results of the report revealed that digital reading is on the rise among kids ages 6-17. In fact, the percentage of children who have read an e-book has almost doubled since 2010, rising from 25 percent to 46 percent. However, this statistic, while it seems a promising indicator that digital reading materials are encouraging kids to read, isn’t as promising as it seems.
According to the report, the overall percentage of children who read books for fun fell three percent in the last two years, from 37 to 34 percent. Parents also reported that they feel their children don’t read enough, with almost half (49 percent) of parents wishing their children read more in 2012 (an increase from 36 percent in 2010).
Francine Alexander, Scholastic’s chief academic officer, commented on the report in the New York Times, noting that many parents believe their children spend too much time playing video games instead of reading. “Managing screen time is the challenge of parenting today,” she said.
The report also addressed whether kids preferred books in print or digital mediums. According to the survey, half of children ages 9-17 reported that they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to e-books, which was a 50 percent increase since 2010. However, 80 percent of kids who read e-books still read books for
fun primarily in print, and 58 percent say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are e-books available — particularly at bedtime. This is a slight decrease from 66 percent in 2010.
You can read additional takeaways on kids’ and parents’ attitudes towards reading, and even download the full report here.
Parents, teachers, and teens — do you find these results are representative of your school’s attitudes? Sound off in the comment below, or share your thoughts via Twitter to @Technapex or @ce_doyle.