Children leaving primary school aren’t meeting UK National Curriculum handwriting standards, leaving them struggling with secondary school demands. See article in The Mirror.
Here we cover national and international news relating to handwriting, with links to articles on external websites.
Children’s habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad. Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write? See BBC News.
Technology is having an impact on children’s handwriting ability. But what does this mean for learning and development? Read Harriet Swain’s article in The Guardian.
Parents the world over are concerned that touchscreen and tablet technology is negatively impacting children’s handwriting. But while some say that technology overuse will impact developing dexterity and handwriting skills, the fact is that there has been no research to date which systematically examines the relationship between technology use, hand strength and handwriting production. Article in The Conversation.
See AJC article
French language article in Paris Match
See French-language article in MCE
French language article in Konbini
Toddlers’ excessive use of touchscreens is leaving the muscles in their hands so weak they cannot grip a pencil, specialists warn. See Express article.
See NewsCut article, Minnesota Public Radio
A child’s phone obsession could be making it harder for them to write. According to handwriting, kids are spending too much time swiping screens, and as a result, they’re not developing the motor skills needed to hold pens and pencils correctly. The National Handwriting Association says excessive use of technology means children are not developing the dexterity needed to control their writing. See Fox News.