Why Children Need Toys Not Tablets

Too much touchscreen could be hurting our children.

Ever since computers became commercially available products, tech gurus have been yapping about the positive effects of their usage on children's mental growth and intelligence.

While that remains true, a group of British teachers have claimed that overexposure to touchscreen gadgets is weakening the motoring skills infants require to play with building blocks.

According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, three and four-year-olds in Britain are adept at swiping touchscreens, thanks to iPads and others alike. But when it comes to playing with building blocks, they struggle immensely because their fingers lack dexterity.

The same organization also revealed that these side-effects of modern gadgetry have been found in older age groups, some of whom find it extremely difficult to work with pen and paper – the traditional way.

In order to stop the problem from getting out of hand, the group has asked parents to play a proactive role and break their children's addiction to these handheld devices. Some of the things suggested are to control their spending on screen-based tech and turn off the home wi-fi connection at night.

These fears are supported by Ofcom's latest statistics which show that more than half the households in Britain now have at least one tablet PC as compared to just 20 per cent at the same time last year.

When suggested it's just a minor byproduct of the overall good that computers have done to the new generation, the teachers disagreed, saying the positives are 'outweighed by their deteriorating skills in pen and paper exams because they rely on instant support of the computer and are often unable to apply what they should have learned from their textbooks'.

That's not it. Several other studies have claimed that the rise in tech usage among the youth is directly proportional to weight gain, anti-social behavior, strain injuries and more. So while buying an iPad for your young one is a good idea, make sure to set time limits, as too much of anything is counterproductive.

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