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Swiping on tablets is harming children’s ability to write – parents must limit time on gadgets

The Telegraph – Shirley Shayler

“Small children have always loved buttons they can press and knobs they can twiddle, so it’s no surprise that they’ve taken to playing on tablets as quickly as ducks take to water. All to the good, you might say, but I would urge parents to be vigilant in ensuring that high-tech gadgets don’t entirely supersede traditional and much loved pre-school activities such as drawing, painting and cutting out. Far from being a sentimental plea, my appeal stems from a serious concern that today’s children are less dexterous when they start school, with poorer fine motor skills than was the case a decade ago, which is a drawback for their learning of handwriting.”(more)

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