A survey has found that the vast majority if children in the United Kingdom spend less time outside than prison inmates and one-fifth didn’t play outside at all.
The poll, which was funded by Persil as part of their Dirt is Good campaign questioned a representative sample of 2,000 parents of 5-12-year-olds and found that 74% of them spend less than 60 minutes playing outside. The United Nation’s guidelines for prisoners requires “at least one hour of suitable exercise in the open air daily”.
What are kids doing nowadays? You’ll probably not be surprised to learn they’re spending that time in front of the screen, whether it’s the TV, iPad or console. While we’ve seen schools crack down on the ‘danger’ that kids can face going outside, experts warn that active outdoor play is essential to the health and development of children.
Seriously, make your kids go outside.