Against the backdrop of reading resistance that has been fostered by access to information and mobile technologies, many teenagers consider reading a real waste of time and a rather dull action.
How could it seem otherwise to a young man who finds that the cognitive effort required by reading seems significantly higher than watching a video on YouTube? However, reading is necessary for kids’ cognitive development.
The benefits of reading in children
Modern means of information are beneficial but not sufficient in itself. They come to complete not to replace reading!
Here we are talking about the actual act of reading, completely different for the cognitive processes of the act of watching a video, and the nature and quality of the information accumulated by the two different means. Also, for those interested in developing fast reading skills, the experience of reading is obviously useful!
Due to the cognitive mechanisms involved, including attention and concentration, memory, imagination, analysis, and so on, reading is far more a means of cognitive training and mental development than watching a video.
Children are left with the impression that for any subject in a book they will find a movie. As a consequence, reading itself, as an information process, decreases.
The consequence is that any unused function “withers and dies.” That means that when the child has merely to read, the cognitive act of reading will seem awkward, as it is difficult for a right-handed to write with the left hand. Not because it is impossible, but it does not come naturally.
Explain your kid the benefits of reading
Reading develops vocabulary, thinking, and communication. It increases the ability to act, reduces stress, and it is a form of mind training as it develops intelligence.
It is simply the particularity of reading to create these benefits. No other means of information can replace reading, just as sugar cannot replace salt, for example.
Understanding these benefits, readily obtained by reading, is the first and maybe the most significant motivational tip to help children enjoy reading.
Use technology to make your kid read more
The tablet is already part of the universe known and accepted by today’s young people. We can quickly turn the tablet into a book. You can install dedicated software or buy a Kindle tablet.
Besides, these solutions really offer some extra benefits in working with the text, such as an instant dictionary, hyperlinks, comment insertion, share of text to a friend, collaborative parallel reading (two reading on the same document), and many more.