MORE than one in four parents have tried using apps or home assistants such as Alexa and Siri to read their kids bedtime stories.
While almost half of mums and dads with children under ten aim to share a story every night, just 28 per cent find the time.
Alamy Home assistant apps such as Alexa and Siri are stand-in story readers
Two thirds of the 1,000 Brits polled for children’s reading charity BookTrust admitted giving their kids time in front of a screen instead of sharing a story.
Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry children’s books, said: “I think people are really missing the point — this is an incredible time to share stories and to read together. I do not buy the ‘I am busy’.
It is because they are tired and they don’t want to.”
More than half the parents who do read stories would use a phone, tablet, app or YouTube instead of a book.
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BookTrust director Gemma Malley said: “Just ten minutes of reading a book together makes a huge difference.
“It helps build children’s language, resilience, confidence and imagination and is an amazing way for families to bond.”
The charity is holding a “Pyjamarama” fundraiser on June 7, asking people to pay £1 to wear their pyjamas all day and celebrate bedtime stories.
Alamy Parents are being urged to spend time reading books with their children before bedtime
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