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Social mobility tsar wants campaign against toddlers having mobile phones

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Katharine Birbalsingh says she wants to educate parents that the devices will make reading harder for children

The government’s new social mobility commissioner has told MPs she wants to launch a nationwide campaign telling parents not to give their toddlers a mobile phone to play with because it will make reading harder for them later on.

Katharine Birbalsingh told MPs there was “a lack of knowledge out there” and that she would like to use her role to get information to parents across the country to help them better support their children and thus improve their social mobility.

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