Kids at risk of losing skill of reading print on paper

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I thought a story that beginner students at schools were "swiping" their paper books rather than turning the pages was a rather amusing April Fool's joke but it was actually a fact.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (UK) reported that this is now a common event as a result of the overuse of iPads as a child-minding device and the cost of paper books.

As a child I was always happy to read a book and still do almost 60 years later although I read most newspapers online. Books rarely run out of power, they are ready the moment you pick them up and there are no ads on the page. Print this letter out on paper and show your child how to physically read it.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

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