Get off the phone and help your children, says Minister
PARENTS are being urged by the Government to put down their mobile phones and help their children with learning at home.
Westminster Education Secretary Damian Hinds appealed to mothers and fathers to cut back on their screen time, saying it was ‘a scandal’ that many children ‘are starting school unable to communicate effectively’. He told parents that spending ‘one-to-one time without gadgets’ – and ‘playing with numbers to songs and poems’ – could reap dividends for their youngsters’ education. His call comes ahead of a summit in London this week with major companies, including Lego and Disney, to address what he called the ‘last taboo’ of tackling educational disadvantage – advising parents on how best they can go about educating their young children at home.
Mr Hinds said: ‘It is a persistent scandal that too many children are starting school unable to communicate effectively, and we know that what happens at home makes a big difference in that. As a parent, I am conscious that while we think about screen time limits for children, we find it harder to limit it for ourselves, but that one-to-one time without gadgets getting in the way is so valuable.’
The summit, involving the National Literacy Trust, aims to bring together business leaders, the media and technology companies to explore ways of helping parents with early learning at home.
HANG UP: Parents are urged to spend less time on their phones