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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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Parents and technology have 'a vital role' in child literacy

Parents and new technologies have "a vital role to play" in making sure children develop their ability to read, a literacy charity has said.

NLT director Jonathan Douglas, warned reading, either on a tablet or physical book, was more beneficial to pre-school children if it was done with an adult.

Technology is playing an increasingly crucial role in all our lives and the ways in which children are learning are changing fast.

It is important that we keep abreast of these changes and their impact on children's education.

When parents read with their children, whatever the medium, they increase their child's enjoyment of reading which brings life-long benefits.

Both practitioners and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to read from an early age whether they use books or a touch screen.

– NLT director Jonathan Douglas

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