Technologies are changing the behavior of young people with regard to reading. It is at 6 or 7 years old that a child reads the most, an interest that decreases until adolescence in favor of computers, cell phones, and game consoles.
This situation worries parents reveals the report 2010 Kids & Family Reading Report, published every two years by Editions Scholastic, who specializes in children’s books. The report is based on a survey conducted in 2010 in the United States with 1045 school children aged 6 to 17 years and their parents, a total of 2095 respondents.
More than half (56%) of parents surveyed believe that the proliferation of electronic devices harms their children’s interest in reading.
The younger the child, the more likely he is to read for pleasure. Interests then change. At 12 or 14 years old, schoolchildren clearly prefer video games and computer games. At the age of 15 to 17, they spend a lot of time talking on cell phones or sending text messages. It is also at this moment that their interest in reading is at its lowest. According to the report, 56% of 6- to 8-year-olds read frequently, compared to only 24% of teens aged 15 to 17.
The omnipresence of electronic devices, however, does not have only negative effects: a quarter of the pupils surveyed have already read a book on an electronic medium, such as a computer. The majority of 9 to 17-year-olds also show a lot of interest in this kind of reading, mainly on digital tablets. A minority of them, however, have access.
The interest in reading could grow significantly with technology, except that we are still far from a world where reading is going through technology. The school, in this sense, has a huge gap with the rest of society.
Key to success
Reading is a crucial element when it comes to success, says Nathalie Lavoie, professor of education at the University of Quebec at Rimouski, where a research chair on school perseverance and literacy has emerged. year.
“Research shows that learning to read and write is a determining factor in a student’s academic progress. A child who, at the end of the first year of elementary school, is already beginning to show reading difficulties, will generally find it difficult to continue throughout his school career. His difficulties will worsen and sometimes lead to problems in other areas of learning, ”
To encourage young people to read, it is necessary to bet on pleasure by offering them models and an environment conducive to reading. “The search for pleasure will continue thereafter.”