Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say

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Children need opportunities to develop hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils

  • Amelia Hill
  • The Guardian

Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior paediatric doctors have warned.

HoldP 1aAn overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently to enable them to hold a pencil correctly, they say.

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” said Sally Payne, the…

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