The Dying Art of Letter Writing as E-Mails Take over Our Lives; but Child Expert Says Children Are Missing Out
Byline: Sally Williams
IT was once the cornerstone of polite communication - but it seems that among today's children letter writing is a dying art.
More than a quarter of seven to 14-year-olds have not written a letter in the past year, and one in 10 has never written one, according to a new survey.
But the study by World Vision to mark its National Letter Writing Day found that in the previous week half of youngsters had written an e-mail or posted a quick message on a social networking site.
In response to the survey experts have warned that those children who do not write letters are missing out.
"Handwritten letters are much more personal than electronic communication," said child education expert Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood.
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Publication information: Article title: The Dying Art of Letter Writing as E-Mails Take over Our Lives; but Child Expert Says Children Are Missing Out. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: May 21, 2010. Page number: 13. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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