Children, Our Future Doctors And Politicians, Can No Longer Hold Pencils Properly Due To An Overuse Of Technology
According The Guardian children are having a hard time grasping pencils due to an overuse of technology. Senior pediatric doctors say that the muscles in children’s fingers are no longer developing correctly.
A little color and crafts time with your kids can clearly go a long way.
Everyone already judges the parents who’ll do just about anything to avoid actually raising their children, including setting them up in front of an iPad and letting them at it all day, so long as they don’t hear any whining. But with this recent news it seems that things are more out of hand than we were thinking --- parents these days are forgetting that children’s minds (and bodies) need to be nourished.
Hell, who doesn’t wish they could just sit down and color like they did when they were 5? And if you’ve got kids, you already have the perfect excuse! “Sorry, but I can’t meet you for lunch. I have to color with my kid so as to prepare him to be the leader of the free world one day; you know, when the rest of the kids can’t hold pencils with their mush-hands?”
Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust, explained the severity of the situation:
“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago. 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.
To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers,. Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.”
Yeah, ‘rents! They aren’t just born with it, the same way they aren’t just born knowing how to read.
Obviously, we’re not saying that there’s no place in the child's home for technology. How else do you get the kids who grow up to be computer whizzes and create the code for the next major app? All we're saying is that, as is with most things: moderation is key.