Children are better at using tablets than they are at swimming or telling the time, says Lenstore

A study by the optical specialists in to the effects of tablet use on eye health reveals that 30 per cent of two to four year olds own a tablet.
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Children are better at using tablets than they are at swimming, tying their shoelaces or telling the time, according to new results from Lenstore.

In a survey of 2,000 parents from the across the UK, it was also revealed that 30 per cent of two to four year olds own a tablet and spend an average of two hours and 35 minutes on digital devices a day.

Meanwhile, an average 14 to 16 year old spends almost five hours a day on a digital device.

In a study on the effect of digital devices on children’s eye health, Lenstore also uncovered that 66 per cent of the parents asked were concerned about the overuse of digital devices, while Lenstore highlights the effect of overuse on children’s eye health.

“In an age where tablets, smartphones and laptops are an integral part of our daily lives, our children are growing up to be more tech savvy than ever, and technology plays an important part of their ongoing learning and development,” said a spokesperson for the optical specialists.

“While it is important to embrace technology and integrate it into a child’s learning programme, we must also be aware of how to do this responsibly and ensure their eyesight is not compromised, especially in their earlier years.”

Lenstore has now put together an infographic to demonstrate the development of a child’s eyesight and advice on striking a ‘healthy digital diet.’

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