15 March 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova

iPhones - easier than tying your shoelaces


Did you know that children today find it much easier to use an iPhone than to tie their shoelaces? A report shows today that as many as 45 per cent of children in the UK aged between five and 13 cannot tie their shoelaces but 67 per cent know how to use their iPhones and DVD players.

Simple things like – reading a map, making a cup of tea and even repairing a bicycle puncture are difficult tasks but using an iPad or a complicated TV remote comes naturally and easy to use for most children.

Is modern day technology taking over traditional past times and everyday tasks or are children just ‘moving with the times’?, making children ill-equipped to deal with more practical things in life.

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.


  • Can your child tie their shoelace?

  • At what age did you use your first piece of technology?

  • How many hours a day do we spend using technology?


Word Image Definition Example Listen
A string or lace for fastening a shoe.
He couldn't tie his shoelaces Listen
Tie To fasten by tightening and knotting the string or strings of To tie one's shoes. Listen
Outdoors Out of buildings and into the open air I like to go camping in the great outdoors Listen
Bounce Deflection (physics), the event where an object collides with and bounces against a plane surface The ball bounced on the floor Listen
Ill equipped Badly or inadequately equipped An ill-equipped army. Listen
Puncture A hole in the tyre I got a puncture in my tyre when I drove over broken glass on the road Listen
Preserve To keep alive or in existence; make lasting We need to preserve this species Listen
Repair To restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage The technian repaired the printer. Listen

How about a little song to help you tie your shoelaces in the morning...







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