Kids Believe Technology Will Supplement (Not Replace) Books

This post should not be seen by my kids. You see, whenever I see them go online, I always urge them to read a book instead. Though my work entails going online for most of the day, I tell them that going online is driving them away from reading, something that I always enjoy since childhood.

The 2008 Kids and Family Reading Report by Yankelovich and Scholastic, however, is telling me otherwise. Take a look at these findings:

• 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper”

• 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather than on a computer or a handheld device.

The national survey covering children age 5-17 and their parents also revealed that kids who go online to extend the reading experience are more likely to read books for fun every day.

Watch the Kids & Family Reading Report presentation