Do children benefit from reading comics

2016.06.30

Many parents feel that if they allow their children to read comics it will prevent them from studying.
It is true that children tend to be straightforward and follow their feelings so if we, as parents, allow them to read comics and play games they may become so engrossed that they forget to do their other tasks.

However, are you aware that allowing your child to read comics also has benefits? In this article, we will introduce the benefits your child can expect to gain from reading comics.

As a catalyst for becoming interested in professions

The characters that appear in comics have various professions and skills, such as medicine, sports and art.

Some children become interested in basketball and dream of becoming a basketball player after reading comics about basketball and learning about the life of a basketball player.

Comics only play the role of gaining a child’s interest in the profession.
Many people feel that it is more useful to have their child participate in classes and gain interest through the classes.
However, some fields are quite hard to grasp just through classes.

Also, the characters that appear in comics are not always good.
Reading comics introduces children to bad guys and helps them come up with their own ideas on how to handle them.

The combination of pictures and text helps their brain develop

The relationship between the pictures and text in comics is similar to the relationship between Japanese kanji and the reading in Japanese books.
When reading in this fashion children learn to use their right brain to understand the pictures and their left brain to logically read the text.
Some researchers agree that this is the best way to train one’s brain to read Japanese.

Reading comics is practice for not only looking at the pictures but also for reading the text. Comics geared towards younger readers also include the character readings.

Some people may feel that if children only look at the pictures it will not encourage them to use their imagination.
However, most comics include nuances that are not directly written in the pictures.

The lead characters have many experiences and sometimes make mistakes and fail.
We often see the characters overcome many hurdles and succeed but there is often another character that is negatively affected by this success. For example, even if there is nothing written about the character directly you should be able to figure it out from the context.

Reading comics is great practice for using your imagination and reading between the lines.

Learning how to figure out the writer’s message and purpose

The writer appears in every comic.
Trying to imagine who the writer is in your mind is a great opportunity to consider his/her reason for writing the comic.
The majority of comics are a strong image of the writer him/herself.

This is not limited to comics but reading a piece of work is not just about having fun but also a great opportunity to learn about society and the writer’s way of thinking.
Through reading, we also learn about the writer’s experiences and knowledge.

Some people may think that comics are boring but it is important to remember that it is not only pictures and text but also a piece of the writer him/herself.

Parents should not decide that comics are not good for their children but rather try to find ways that their children can learn while they are enjoying them.

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