Modern technology is ever evolving and increasingly making life easier. But despite all its benefits, children are increasingly neglecting outdoor activity and are instead spending extended hours in front of screens.
According to a new study by Turf Australia, Aussie kids are spending and average of 2.3 hours a day on screens and only 1.2 hours outside.
The figure is alarming for parents as the study found that 99% of parents want their child to grow up with a backyard. So much so that 88% of them are willing to move away from their workplace to provide a proper yard.
Dr. Karen Martin, expert in child development from the University of Western Australia has provided some tips to help change screen usage times.
Tips to getting the kids out and about
- Invite some of their friends over and throw a camp night in the backyard.
- Get the kids involved when gardening, such as helping pot plants, lawn maintenance and more.
- Join them outside, or lead the way in setting up some fun activities, e.g. touch football, water games and other fun outdoor games. Being present helps set a great example.
“Outdoor play is so important not only for a child’s physical activity, but their social interaction and development, creativity, problem solving skills and self-confidence” Dr Martin said.