Email iPad generation’s fingers not ready to write, teachers say

15th Nov 2017

Kindergarten and early primary teachers have aired their concerns that the rise of touchscreen devices means more children are starting school not ready to learn handwriting.

A Saturday morning discussion about the benefits of technology for children prompted Carolyn to send an SMS to ABC Radio Melbourne.

A primary school teacher, Carolyn said she and her colleagues had noticed “a big decline in fine motor skills” among children arriving at prep and kindergarten.

Carolyn and her colleagues blamed their young students’ declining dexterity on their use of touchscreen devices such as tablets and smartphones.

“Children are holding crayons and scissors less and making fewer things with their hands,” she said.

“We’ve noticed that sometimes, even if you pass a pencil or a paintbrush to a child, they’re not quite sure how to receive it and how to hold it.”

Ms Clark said that in general children spend less time than they used to involved in “messy play” such as modelling with playdough or being crafty with scissors and glue.

“Children in families are in households where there’s a lot of electronic devices, from iPhones to iPads and computers, so we know that that’s another option for children,” she said.

She said children who spent too much time on touchscreens did not develop the fine motor skills they needed when it came time to learn to write.

 

 

source/read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-14/ipad-generations-fingers-not-ready-to-write/9143880

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