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Children lack skill in holding pencils due to iPads






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Technology means today's children aren't good at using pencils. Children spend a lot of time swiping screens. This means their hands do not have the muscles to write. A researcher said: "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength...they had 10 years ago." Children do not have the skills to hold a pencil.

Technology is changing how children write, draw or make things. Children need to build muscles by playing, climbing trees, using building blocks, cutting and sticking, etc. Some people say technology creates bigger problems. If a child isn't strong enough to hold a pencil, maybe their whole body is weak.

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