"One in five children in the UK has never received a handwritten letter, according to a survey published today.
"With young people increasingly relying on email and social networking sites to communicate, a tenth had never written a letter themselves, the research found.
"Teachers and experts said they feared young people were missing out on the pleasures and developmental benefits of letter writing.
"The survey of 1,200 seven- to 14-year-olds, commissioned for children's charity World Vision, found that more than a quarter had not written a letter in the last year and 43% had not been sent one.
But in the previous week alone, almost half had either sent or received an email, or a message on a social networking site. Boys were twice as likely as girls never to have written a letter."