IT is one of the fondest memories for many adults looking back on their childhood.

But the ritual of the bedtime story is under threat as the shrinking attention span of many youngsters leaves them struggling to concentrate.

Other forms of entertainment like computer games and TV have taken over, with one in four parents of young children admitting they never read a bedtime story.

The survey of 410 English teachers and 2,000 parents of children aged two to 11 – carried out by publishing company Pearson – found 77% of teachers said their pupil’s attention spans were shorter than ever before.

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