DO YOUR kids spend more time interacting with screens and electronic devices than they spend outdoors?
A ‘less screen time and more green time’ advertisement on the ABC radio caught my attention recently.
There is a growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children.
What seems the biggest challenge is actually finding the time to get outside.
The latest research shows kids are spending less than two hours a day outside, and spending more time on screen-based activities.
When kids are outside they are active, they develop their imaginations as well as their social skills and creativity.
What’s also great is that they are also developing resilience, self-regulation and learning how to challenge themselves.
The physical, social and emotional benefits of reconnecting with nature are huge – not only for kids but adults as well.
Fortunately, I can confidently say that my kids do get outside a lot and are very active.
They are also in those very susceptible age ranges of being compelled to their screens.
At any one time, every family member could in fact be on their device inside the house.
We have resisted the big device items like Nintendo, WII and X-Box – but the kids are still prone to ‘surfing’ on their device (and I mean catching barrels), assimilating flying a plane, snapchatting, Instagram- ming, and word smithing.
It’s a good thing my boys do spend way more time in the water actually surfing, then ‘surfing’ on their devices and that my daughter dances nearly every day of the week.
And sometimes the devices are actually a pleasant down time for kids…
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