Promoting Literacy in the Digital Age
"Scholastic has studied the affects of technology on kids' reading habits and behaviors, and what we found is that some of the biggest users of technology are also some of the most frequent readers," says Robinson, referring to the "2010 Kids and Family Reading Report," a national survey of the views of children (ages six to 17) and their parents on a range of topics regarding reading in the 21st century, that Scholastic released this fall. "[The study] found that one-third of kids ages nine to 17 said they would read more books for fun if they had access to e-books. This included both the most- and the least-frequent readers. What this tells us is that we should meet kids where they are," he adds. "Technology is here to stay, so let's make sure technology is a tool for reading more and reading better."