Kids swap­ping screen time for story time

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - AMINA McCAULEY

PAR­ENTS want their chil­dren to spend more time with their heads stuck in a book as the bat­tle against too much screen time con­tin­ues to be fought.

The Mer­cury and Aus­tralia Post are en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to “Raise a Reader” this month, with the cam­paign across ma­jor re­gional and metropoli­tan News Corp Aus­tralia news­pa­pers high­light­ing the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy skills among chil­dren. Nikki Mor­phett, Ho­bart mother of five-yearold Anja, said it was a lot bet­ter for her daugh­ter to read a book than use a tablet.

“There’s more fun to be had in books,” Ms Mor­phett said. “It’s cosier to have her sit on my lap. We read it to­gether and it’s nice that she looks at the pic­tures in­stead of the screen.”

Ms Mor­phett said she thinks read­ing in­creases Anja’s en­gage­ment.

“Tech­nol­ogy is un­nec­es­sary really. There’s more dex­ter­ity in be­ing able to in­ter­act with a book,” she said.

As part of the cam­paign, chil­dren across Aus­tralia will be asked to write a let­ter to an Aus­tralian leg­end of their choice with the chance to win prizes from Aus­tralia Post and News Corp Aus­tralia.

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