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Smartphones and tablets 'can encourage poor children to read'

New technology can help pre-school children from poorer backgrounds take up reading, according to a new report. The National Literacy Trust found youngsters were more likely to read at the right level if they have access to the new technology.

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'One in four children' use touch screen to read

Just over a quarter of children (26%) use a touch screen at home to read stories, a literacy charity has found.

The National Literacy Trust (NLT) found pre-school children were more likely to read every day if they had access to smartphones and tablets, as well as physical books.

  • The study also found children were still more likely to read using a physical book, with almost all (95.2%) looking at print-based stories on a typical week.
  • Children were more likely to enjoy reading if they used both books and a touch screen than reading books alone (77.4% compared to 70.8%).
  • Parents were keen to give their youngsters a head start in understanding modern technology. Nearly three quarters (73.7%) agreed it was important for their child to learn to use technology from an early age.

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