What Parents Can Do

To promote boys’ growth in literacy:

  • Parents are involved in learning themselves, often for their work
  • Parents have high expectations for their children, but are careful not to put too much pressure on them
  • Fathers support play-based literacies - playing alongside boys on the computer, involving themselves in their interests
  • Mothers support school-based literacies - homework, spelling revisions.
  • Both mothers and fathers support technology use, including the internet and email
  • Where technology is used at home by the boys for writing, it is often for private entertainment and is rarely printed off for an audience. It often combines pictures and text
  • Parents' "work literacies" - drawing up invoices, typing up reports - spill over into home time. Boys in these families see parents involved in literacy activities linked to work - illustrating that writing has a clear purpose