Labour peer and chairman of the E-Learning Foundation, Lord Mitchell, has warned of an "IT literacy time bomb".
Parry Mitchell spoke at a seminar on IT in education in London last week, hosted by IT finance provider Syscap.
He spoke about issues surrounding the use of ICT in education, and said that not having IT skills "will soon be as serious as not being able to read."
"Every single child should have access to a device that enables personalised learning," he said, "Teachers and parents need to champion the use of IT, both in school and at home. The concept of 9am to 3:30pm learning is a thing of the past."
He said children will need IT to compete in the job market. "There are few jobs that do not require any IT so people without these skills will become increasingly disadvantaged."