Children who have smartphones and spend long periods of time playing computer games are performing relatively poorly in reading and maths, new research shows.
The findings are contained in a study of 8,000 children in 150 primary schools across Ireland which assessed students’ reading and maths performance.
Overall, the study found that parents have a major impact on their children’s performance, with pupils performing better in homes where there are rules over completing homework.
Access to technology is not necessarily a negative factor. For example, children who have access to broadband and educational games perform better than those who do not…