A 'Google generation' which relies on the Internet for everything is in
danger of becoming 'brain-dead', a leading UK inventor has warned.
Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing
creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in
front of screens.
The 75-year-old from Twickenham, south-west
London, said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being
lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands,
the 'Daily Mail' reported.
He said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used practical toys like Meccano, a model construction system.
"Children have got to be taught hands-on, and not to become mobile phone or computer dependent," Baylis said.
should use computers as and when, but there are so many people playing
with their computers nowadays that spend all their time sitting there
with a stomach," he said.
"They are dependent on Google searches. A
lot of kids will become fairly brain-dead if they become so dependent
on the Internet, because they will not be able to do things the
old-fashioned way," he said.