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Kids 'Struggle To Use Pencils Because Of Tablet Use'

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

This is an image of a toddler learning ABC's on an iPad

Experts are claiming that kids are left 'struggling' to use pens and pencils because of the prevalence of iPads and other tablet computers in nursery schools.

Parents have been warned that pre-schoolers could have problems learning simple tasks after being exposed to an 'overwhelming' amount of technology before they start school.

A survey on the site Daynurseries.co.uk found that just one in four people thought kids benefited from technology being used in nursery schools.

Davina Ludlow, director of daynurseries.co.uk said that children are 'increasingly exposed to an overwhelming amount of technology at an early age' and that tablet computers are 'displacing the traditional methods of learning and play activities'.

"This poll shows that the majority of people clearly want to see early education and childhood play protected from this technological creep," she said.

Commenting on the survey's findings, literacy expert Sue Palmer told the Scotsman that children under seven needed real life in real time and three dimensional experiences.

"We already have problems with children not being able to hold a pen or pencil. But we are giving our kids instant gratification all the time with ICT and it makes it harder for them to persevere with something that takes a while to learn," she said.

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