Download: Study says more kids can use smartphones than tie their shoelaces

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Harried parents for years have relied on glowing electronic screens — TVs, video games, computers — to entertain children in the home. Now more and more parents are discovering smartphones’ similar ability to engage squirmy kids at restaurants, in the car and anywhere else where youngsters grow bored.

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A recent study might have some parents ready to hide their technology devices.

According to the Daily Mail, Australian security company AVG, found that children are more likely to be able to operate a smartphone than tie their shoelaces.

The reason?

Parents are too busy to teach basic lifeskills, the study says.

The survey looked at 2,200 mothers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and a few countries in Europe.

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