Children in Hong Kong are not getting enough outdoor playtime, a study has found.
Nearly half of the kids in the study were taken to outdoor playgrounds fewer than four times a month, which prompted the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children to warn against the detrimental effects on children's social, cognitive and physical developments.
Quoting the United Nations Children's Fund, the group said children should get at least an hour's free playtime daily.
HKSPC director Susan Choy So Suk-yin suggested the government should educate parents about the importance of playtime, in addition to providing public playgrounds. Doris Cheng Pui-wah, a professor at Tung Wah College specializing in early childhood education, said playground facilities in Hong Kong are not kid- friendly enough, and there should be different facilities for various age groups.
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