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The influence of the smartphone: Part 2

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part two of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers what we know about the influence of smartphones on cognition and concentration

The smartphone and the tablet are extraordinary tools that offer our young all sorts of possibilities that were unimaginable even a few short decades ago. Through this technology every pupil can have access to a wealth of information that only the rare elite libraries of the past could have even begun to offer.

Through this technology learning can be brought alive, made interactive in a way that the “chalk and talk” of the past could not manage. And through this technology learning can be personalised, with educational programmes tailored to the abilities and needs of the individual child.

So seductive are these potential benefits for education that many schools around the world are progressively offering every pupil access to either a smartphone or a tablet. Without doubt, the benefits of this technology are potentially very real.

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