Internet helps children’s reading habits, study says

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Parents may fear the Internet is killing their child's reading bug, but it is actually encouraging them to read, a new study found.

The majority of kids, 62%, would rather read a book on paper than on the Internet, and even more, 68%, said they love or like reading books for fun, according to the 2008 Kids & Family Reading Report.

Since kids use the Web to check out author sites, book reviews and other online literary tools, the report suggests the Internet encourages reading.

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'Despite the fact that after age eight, more children go online daily than read for fun daily, high-frequency Internet users are more likely to read books for fun every day,' said Heather Carter, director of corporate research at Scholastic, which conducted the survey with Yankelovich, a market research firm.

The study was full of interesting findings, including:

# 'Only about half of all parents begin reading to their child before their first birthday.'

# 'The percentage of children who are read to every day drops from 38% among 5-8 year olds to 23% among 9-11 year olds. This is the same time that kids' daily reading for fun starts to decline.'

# 'Parents who read books for fun daily are six times more likely than low-frequency reading parents to have kids who also read for fun daily.'

Finally, kids say a big reason they don't read books is they can't find books they enjoy.

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