Modern Kids Can Barely Hold a Pencil

By Gary Cutlack on at

The young kids of today spend so little time drawing and colouring in that they're arriving at school with fingers too weak to hold pencils properly, with researchers warning that the new generation's love of technology is ruining their fine muscle control and finger dexterity.

Sally Payne from the Heart of England NHS Trust says kids arriving at school for the first time with their officially licensed Marvel lunch boxes are clueless about these weird wooden things that are supposed to make words appear but don't appear to do it automatically, explaining that: "Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills."

It's not just a lack of drawing at home that's giving them spindly weak old lady fingers 80 years before time, it's a lack of... everything. Basic play and clicking apart of Lego would count for decent fine motor muscle practise, but it seems that a large number of pre-school kids aren't even getting that, and are being left with a screen so mummy and daddy can... look at their screens in peace. Hashtag Black Mirror etc etc. [Guardian]

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