Children are often exposed to watching videos for an extended time, so they tend to get distracted in school because their mind is not trained to focus because classes can be too ‘static’ for them. NSTP/SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents are urged to inculcate real-world interests among their children to break them from the monotony of gadget use.

Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said encouraging “self-regulated skills” such as reading or playing sports would help to improve children’s attention span.

“Children are often exposed to watching videos for an extended time, so they tend to get distracted in school because their mind is not trained to focus because classes can be too ‘static’ for them.

“I believe one of the ways to break this cycle is when parents implement self-regulated skills from young that will teach them to manage their time.

“That way, their mind will learn to develop discipline and explore new interests such as reading,” he told reporters when met after launching the Children’s Literature Festival 2019 at the National Library.

The event, which will end on Sunday, is jointly organised by Book City Corporation, Malaysian Book Publishers Association and Malaysian Board on Books for Young People. It aims at creating a platform to magnify children’s reading material quality.

Bakhtiar also encouraged parents to expose their children to arts and culture.

“When children learn about arts and culture, they will learn to appreciate things as they grow up, and at some point they will start expressing themselves by asking questions (related to their interests).

“Parents should not suppress their children’s interests and creativity. We have to give them the freedom to express,” Bakhtiar said.