Has reading habits declined in kids?

Mumbai, India
March 8, 2016 4:03am CST
This year my son dint get time to complete his exam just because he couldnt read the passage completion (language paper) question promptly;the result was that he missed the big essays. When he came home , I made him read the passage and to my wonder he couldnt read fluently; TVs and mobiles have dominated the reading habits of kids. I have bought him plenty of story books and picture books, but he shows little interest in all of them and spends 2-3 hours in playing mobile games. Don't know how to improve kids reading skills!!
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@marlina (51183)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
You have to put your foot down for this. It is extremely important.
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• Mumbai, India
8 Mar 16
yea you are right
@destimona (1967)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
8 Mar 16
In my kids school, They encourage kids to read by giving two reading books every week according to their reading capacity.That is really good for the kids to develop their reading habit.
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• Mumbai, India
8 Mar 16
ya thats correct ; even if they make read in class he reads but with no interest He is interested to hear stories being read by someone;wont try for himself
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@destimona (1967)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
8 Mar 16
@bestmom In that case, you can choose books of his interest like any cartoon characters or a very small comic book with nice illustrations. You can appreciate him by rewarding him after completing a book. Once they start reading it, then gradually it may become their habit.
• Mumbai, India
8 Mar 16
cool idea ...!!!!! let me try it Thankyou destimona
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11 Mar 16
You have to learn how to enjoy reading time with him. Remember, kids usually do what older people do. So if he sees you not reading book or just in the gadgets or TV,, then the big tendency is that he would also do the same.
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@DaintyD (1108)
8 Mar 16
Have you tried spending time reading with him,taking up in turns a page at a time? Make a game out of it or offer rewards?
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• Madurai, India
8 Mar 16
Technology makes all LAZY
@rina110383 (21764)
8 Mar 16
Modern technology and tolerant parents affect kids' reading and writing skills. It's good that you're making an effort by buying books for him. Sometimes, if kids see their parents reading books, they might be encouraged to do the same. Or, force him to read and monitor his reading progress.
• Mumbai, India
12 Mar 16
ya i started reading and he got bored of seeing me with books and siad "oh mom how boring is this"
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@rina110383 (21764)
12 Mar 16
@bestmom Good thing I don't have a kid or else I'll be losing my patience immediately Kids nowadays are really different
@bluesa (5095)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Mar 16
You might have to take his mobile from him for a few hours a day. Explain to him that he needs to improve his reading skills and until he does he will not be allowed to play mobile games.
• Mumbai, India
12 Mar 16
ya am trying to do that
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@indiandevil (2063)
• Sussex, New Brunswick
8 Mar 16
I agree, my son refuses to read outside of school. Even his daily reading log. He does in silent reading because he is too busy at home with his devices and video games. I've even taken all away, yet he refuses to read or anything else for that matter. Instead he'll lay in his bed staring at his ceiling doing nothing. Until I feel sorry for him and give his things back. It's become a sad world because of technology. I hate to see how bad it gets in the future. Will people ever leave their homes at all?
• Mumbai, India
12 Mar 16
Technology grows day by day ,but we have to keep up with the future and preserve our older ones
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@slund2041 (3549)
• United States
8 Mar 16
I think kids do read less and they also go outside and play less. It is all those video games, and cell phone usage to blame.
@JohnRoberts (25501)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Mar 16
Children are definitely reading less and you can blame that om technology. Too much video games and being on Facebook.