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A new short report from the Literacy Trust highlighted today shows that from a research group of 35,000 children, 1 in 4 children don't chat at mealtimes and almost a third spend more time online or playing computer games than talking to parents and other family members and this appears to have a direct impact on future confidence when speaking in front of a group. Interesting figures and certainly food for thought


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well they have not been to our lunch clubs then !!! non stop chatter but a valid point , I see so many families /friends go out and the must have is phone or ipad to keep kids amused - personally we eat together at home and mobile phones are banned at the table for all of us

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having had a quick look through the data - despite all that I did as a parent and always sat with my children for meals - my daughter was one of those reluctant to put her hand up in class - got better with age and we were in receipt of free school meals at one point too -

some fo the ethnic data i am surprised at as many cultures meal time is very important and a social time for families.


But then maybe i am thinking back to my youth and how is was part of everyones culture to do so , I think it values and habits we have sadly lost whether or not it has any impact on later life .

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