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girl peering from behind an open bookChildren can read (and be read to) from traditional print media (such as print books, magazine, newspapers, comic books, graphic novels, etc.), or from electronic media (ebooks, online magazines, blogs, etc.). Regardless of what format they use, it is important for kids to develop and hone their reading skills as they are often essential for success in school, work, communicating with others and can even help foster creativity.

While many children still read traditional print media, their popularity is decreasing with the rise of ebooks and reading on electronic devices:

  • In 2012, 46% of kids ages 6-17 had read an eBook, up from 25% in 2010, according to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report
  • In 2011, teens andReading/Print Media
  • young adults aged 16-29 read books mostly on a desktop or laptop computer, followed by a cell phone, e-reader, and tablet, according to Pew.
  • In 2010, kids spent 38 minutes with print media per day, down from 43 minutes in 1999, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation
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Risks

There are very few risks associated with reading; however, depending on the format, there are still…
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Benefits

Young children who read about different topics can increase their knowledge of the world…
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Healthy Use

To help your child use print media safely, CMCH recommends that you consider the following tips…
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