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TV Threat to Children's Reading

Society & Culture  (tags: Children, reading, computer games, danger, television, internet, parents )

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Children should spend less time playing computer games and more time reading with their parents, the Children's Secretary Ed Balls has said. There was a danger that reading was getting pushed out by television, the internet and computer games, he warned

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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 12:35 am
If parents dwelt away from their cell phones, jobs, & television themselves, their children MAY learn that reading is not only the key to a better life, but the best gift you could give yourself without ever leaving your home! READ people, READ!! "Heaven's going to smell like a bookstore."....

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Wednesday January 9, 2008, 7:05 am
It is not only reading that is affected by tv and video games but children are not interacting with their peers the way previous generations were able to do. Everything now is geared to individual activities. Board and card games that used to take several people to play are now played alone on handheld games and computers. I cannot remember when the last time was that I saw a group of children in a yard playing kickball, basketball, football, etc. In organized school sports, yes, but a game played by neighborhood friends, no. Children are more inactive than ever before which does not only affect their minds but their bodies as well.
Noted with thanks for the post, Sky Bird and to you for the forward, Kathy.

Vicki C (361)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 7:19 am
Noted and Thank you! I feel limits should be put on sedentary entertainment with our children. Far too much time is allowed for television, computers and cell phone use. There are so many activites that stimulate our minds, reading, writing ,role playing, acting, singing, drawing, painting, playing musical instruments, and physical stimulation not only good for the social interaction, but the health benefits. We must not become a nation of complacent coach potatoes, and we need to encourage our children in a more positive direction. Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion! God bless us and give us guidance and direction.

Jaclin S (230)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 12:38 pm
I guess in this day and age these problems are prevalent all over the world. Allocating times for studies, quality time atogether should be at the dinner table able to discuss the day maybe. Reading stories sort of stops with little ones - but - getting your child a library card and introducing them to the library at an early age I found always worked for me - all of my children were/are readers except for one youngest his attention span was never good when he was young because of epilepsy but - he is now off medication [which by the way was far too strong for him] he took himself off the medication at about 14yrs and has not had an attack since - he is now 34yrs- and is managing very well he has a good job - married is a father himself of two sons - and a good one. Rambling - sorry - I also found it is what you are willing to give of yourself to your children the TIME they get is of most importance.

Carolyn T (234)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 2:02 pm
Noted. Isn't it a surprise to you that this is still "NEWS"? We know the answer to the problem and that is what is frustrating. Children today suffer from too much reading of work sheets, drills and overkill on how to read and answer questions to get good test scores. Reading skills and phonics ARE important. But nothing takes the place of holding a book, not a reading textbook, or listening to the modeling of a good reader. Or lap stories for young children; a family book that is read aloud a chapter a night perhaps, and exposure to all sorts of environmental print. Lucky is the child who sees a parent sit down with a book, the newspaper, a magazine and read for pleasure; even luckier is the child who not only learns how to read different materials, but who develops an unquenchable thirst for it. Thanks inspired me. And thank you, Sky Bird!

Robin C (309)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 9:32 pm
My grandmother, when I was very young, would buy me "Little Golden Books" from the grocery store. I LOVED reading them. I belive those are what started me reading. I can also remember, before I knew I how to read, flipping through the pages of encyclopedia books. I loved looking at the photos of animals, dogs, cats and birds. i.e. "A", "B", "C" ,"D". :)
Grandmother ALWAYS had the t.v. off. If I wasn't reading I was learning how to make scrapbooks using National Geographic magazines. My favorite...Photos of Hawaii.
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