A parent might be proud that their four-year-old can play word games on an iPad. And when that child is 14, they'll worry about what's in their text messages and emails. But it's also important that a child still learn to write the old fashioned way. Ya know, with a pencil and paper.
According to Karin Harman James, an expert in psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University, "the benefits of gripping and moving a pen or pencil reach beyond communication."
And research suggests that handwriting raises brain activity, helps hone fine motor skills, and can help educators and parents predict academic success (like reading ability) in ways that typing cannot.
The research doesn't mean to imply that keyboarding has no value. In fact, scientists argue that it does. The point is to remind us that we shouldn't be tossing out our pencil cases just yet.