New Study Shows Kids Can't Hold A Pencil Right Anymore Due To Over Use Of Tech

February 26, 2018
A new study conducted by a group of doctors reports young children are unable to correctly hold a pencil due to over use of digital technology. “Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” pediatric occupational therapist Sally Payne told The Guardian. “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.” Pediatricians in Great Britain say the lack of basic motor skills in kids are more common from parents who rely heavily on technology. “It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks,” Payne added. “Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.” It was even reported by The Guardian that a mother admitted to only giving her son hi-tech gadgets to play with.  “When he got to school, they contacted me with their concerns: he was gripping his pencil like cavemen held sticks,” the mother said. “He just couldn’t hold it in any other way and so couldn’t learn to write because he couldn’t move the pencil with any accuracy.” Assistant director at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Karin Bishop, added the new and growing amount of tech is also creating an impact on kids being far less physically active and living “more sedentary lifestyles.” -source via