Academic says rather than looking to ban technology and “demonise” it, parents should pay more attention on how their children interact.

Banning mobile phones and other technology in the classroom is “moving in the wrong direction”, an academic has said, as he warns children will keep using technology anyway.

Instead, according to Professor Paul Howard-Jones, teachers and parents should look at how pupils are interacting with the technology.

His comments came as his research suggested playing computer games could help boost pupils’ concentration levels and improve their results in the classroom.

The study found that turning learning into a game helps stop the mind from wandering, allowing students to study better.

Professor Howard-Jones, who conducted the research, said computer games have been “trivialised” in recent years, but that used properly, they can help to accelerate pupils’ learning.

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