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  Kids 'grunting' at parents is bad for speech
Updated 09 January 2003, 07.53
Lots of families watch TV instead of talking
Talk between kids and their parents has been reduced to a "daily grunt" which stops them learning to speak properly.

Experts reckon lots of children don't chat to their mums and dads anymore, which is bad for their language skills.

Families prefer to sit silently in front of the TV or computer.

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Children's language skills are getting worse
Whereas it used to be tradition to sit round the table at dinner time and chat about the day.

One of the government's language experts, Alan Wells, said schools should run special classes for parents to teach them how to talk to their kids and teenagers.

He reckons loads of kids go into primary school with really bad language skills these days - much worse than it was in the past.

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