Schoolchildren use iPhone but cannot tie shoelaces

British schoolchildren are more confident using a DVD player or iPhone than tying their shoelaces, research claims.

As many as 45% of children aged between five and 13 can’t tie their shoe laces – but 67% 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% can’t make a cup of tea, while 81% can’t read a map and 87% wouldn’t be able to repair a bicycle puncture.

A further 79% have no idea how to put up a tent, while 78% can’t build a camp fire.

Survival expert Ray Mears said he was shocked by the findings, from electricity provider npower.


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