British schoolchildren are more confident using a DVD player or iPhone than tying their shoelaces, research claims
As many as 45 per cent of children aged between five and 13 can’t tie their shoe laces – but 67 per cent can work a DVD player, according to a poll. The study showed a large proportion can log on to the internet, play on computer games, use an iPhone or iPad and work satellite television services like Sky Plus.
But 65 per cent can’t make a cup of tea, while 81 per cent can’t read a map and 87 per cent wouldn’t be able to repair a bicycle puncture…
And when asked if they cared about the environment a third said ‘no’ – with half of these saying it was because ‘in the future we’ll be able to live in space.”
Survival expert Ray Mears said he was shocked by the findings, from electricity provider npower. He added: “I can’t believe our young people are so ill-equipped when it comes to practical skills…
“Simple skills like putting up a tent can teach you important lessons that can’t be learnt without doing them yourself. “You learn how to work in a team and communicate with your peers as well as how to work under pressure and use logic. Most importantly, you also learn how to look after yourself and know your strengths…”
Working with Mr Mears, the company hopes to inject a passion for the great outdoors back in to the heart of the country’s children.
Clare McDougall, from npower, said: “These figures show that there has never been a better time to teach our young people some great new skills. “We really believe that if young people spend more time outdoors they will learn to love and respect the environment and they’ll want to preserve it for future generations.”
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Reflect upon your own children, kids in your neighborhood. How well do they stack up?