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Children lack skill in holding pencils due to iPads






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Technology is lowering children's ability to use pencils. Researchers said children spend so much time swiping screens that they cannot hold a pencil properly. Their hands do not have the muscle power to write properly. A researcher said: "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength...they had 10 years ago. Children...are being given a pencil but are increasingly not able to hold it because they don't have the...skills."

Technology is changing how children write, draw or make things. The researcher explained that it's easier to give a child an iPad than let them build muscles by playing, using building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling ropes. Children are not getting the skills they need to hold a pencil. Some researchers say technology creates bigger problems. If a child isn't strong enough to hold a pencil, perhaps their whole body is weak. They need to climb trees.

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