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Lack of Outdoor Adventures and Too Much Electronic Screen Time Damaging Children’s Health

Lack of Outdoor Adventures and Too Much Electronic Screen Time Damaging Children’s Health
By spending more than 86 hours of the summer holidays staring at electronic devices, children are missing out on traditional outdoor activities, according to a new study published by Go Ape, an outdoor adventure facility.

The study surveyed 2,000 British parents and found that the average child spends at least two hours and four minutes every day gawking at tablet devices, playing computer games and watching television, which can have a negative impact on their physical health, imagination and social interactions.

Ben Fogle, writer, broadcaster and father to two children, supports Go Ape’s campaign ‘Share Adventure’, which aims to incentivise individuals to go on more outdoor adventures. He commented: “I do worry that today’s generation of children are at risk of losing their sense of adventure. It is clear from the study by Go Ape that many parents need to do more to encourage their children to play outdoors and become more physically active. The prospect of future generations having no interest in flying a kite or climbing trees is a frightening thought. I hope parents act on this and get their children outside this summer.”

The study revealed that traditional outdoor activities such as fruit picking, den building and playing conkers could soon become a thing of the past as the average child spends at least 14 hours every week playing computer games and watching television.

Although half of the surveyed parents felt guilty that their children have less traditional outdoor play experiences than they…
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