Kids swapping screen time for story time
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.