London: A 'Google generation' which relies on the Internet for everything is in danger of becoming 'brain-dead', a leading UK inventor has warned.
Trevor 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.
"They 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.
Handball academy to come up at Narwana Chandigarh, Dec 25 (PTI) A handball academy would come up at Narwana in Haryana's Jind district, Chief Minister
Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said.
He made the announcement while winding up his two-day tour of the district and issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner to send a proposal in this regard, an official release said.
Narwana has many national level handball players and the academy would benefit them. The Chief Minister said an action plan had been prepared for the development of Jind under which all projects would be completed in the given time-frame.
He gave Rs 75 crore to the development and panchayat department of the district, saying all development works would begin before December 31.
Arrangements would be made for finding a permanent solution to the problem of rain water clearance in Jind city. Directions have been issued to officers of different departments to prepare a consolidated plan for the whole city within one month, he said.
All pending tubewell connections would be provided in the next 3 months, he added. Hooda said National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has issued directions to start work of the Rohtak-Jind highway before March 15, 2013 and on the Jind-Narwana national highway before April 15, 2013.