Report shows smartphones can negatively impact on children’s literacy skills

A recent study published by the Education Research Centre has shown that children who spend a lot of time on their mobile phones have poorer reading and maths skills. However, negative effects were offset in households where parents enforced rules on completion of homework and where parents set aside time for reading with their children.

Access to technology was less harmful where children were allowed to play educational games online, or had supervised access to technology. Negative effects could be seen in households where children were given unsupervised and unlimited online access or game playing.

Not surprisingly, children from two-parent households, with middle or higher incomes and parents with higher education, tended to perform better.