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Study: More kids can use a smart phone than tie their shoes

By NICK EATON SEATTLEPI.COMSTARR Which is easier to use -- an iPhone or a shoelace? If you were 2 to 5 years old, you might actually say the iPhone. A new study shows that many kids pick up high-tech skills quicker than "standard" life skills, such as tying their shoes or riding a bike. "Technology has changed what it means to be a parent raising children today -- these children are growing up in an environment that would be unrecognizable to their parents," J.R. Smith, chief executive of AVG, the Internet security firm that commissioned the study, said in a news release. In the U.S., according to the study, 30 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds knew how to operate a smart phone or tablet computer, like the Apple iPad. And 61 percent could play a basic computer game. (Add in Canada and Europe, and those percentages were 19 percent and 58 percent, respectively.) On the contrary, while 52 percent of kids knew how to ride a bike, just 20 percent could swim and a mere 11 percent could tie their own shoes. My Thoughts: Okay, so after reading this article, my reaction was WHAT IS GOING ON!? Parents, it’s time to start being aware of how our children are progressing. Personally, I think that we should be teaching our children the basic things before worrying about if they know how to use a computer/smart phone.  Don't get me wrong, technology is great, but is it okay that 30% of 2-5-year-olds know how to use to smart phone, but cannot do something as simple as tying their shoes?? Lets do better people because there is something wrong with this picture!




 
01/26/2011 10:21AM
Children and Technology
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