There’s just something about print magazines, filled with glossy full-color photos and exciting adventures, that gives kids something to look forward to every month.
Although new forms of digital media continue to distract kids from the benefits of the humble magazine subscription, there are many reasons why parents should add print magazines to their kids’ media mix.
They’re safe. Even with the best Internet-filtering software installed, your child may still stumble onto inappropriate material online. Magazines are virus-free and can be handed to your child without any over-the-shoulder supervision.
They’re portable. Online magazines are a great option for kids, but not every child has an iPhone, Kindle, or iPad. A hand-held glossy magazine can go anywhere, with no requirements for signal reception or battery life.
They foster independence. Email is cool, but kids still love getting something tangible in the mail—with their name on it. Having a magazine subscription is an early step toward independence.
They offer a great return for little expense. Parents who can’t afford a computer or extra-curricular lessons can usually afford a magazine subscription. If a simple magazine can inspire a kid to go to college or become an entrepreneur, the money is more than well spent.
They enlighten. Magazines introduce topics that kids might not have thought to search for in Google. What might seem to be a dry, boring topic is revealed as fascinating and surprising with the right photography and writing.
They create a love of reading. Some kids never become avid novel readers. Those same kids, however, might enjoy a magazine format. Some kids prefer nonfiction, and magazines are a good way to introduce that vast world of knowledge. One magazine topic might spur a child’s interest, which can be pursued by a trip to the library for age-appropriate materials on the same subject. Magazine reading early in life can set the stage for news and periodical reading habits as teens and adults.