The number of children playing outdoors is constantly decreasing
But things are quite different when it comes to their own children, who are being forced to stay inside for safety reasons. As a result, the amount of time today’s youngsters spend on outdoor activities has slumped in the space of a generation.
Busy parents say they have no time to supervise their children out of the house and they are too scared to leave them alone to play with peers. Indeed, two thirds said that their children spend significantly less time outside than they did in their childhood.
While, therefore, children in the past entertained themselves by playing ball, hide and seek and other games, nowadays they prefer to spend their time in front of a screen, playing computer games, surfing on the internet or watching TV.
More specifically, approximately 36% of children today get their entertainment from a screen, compared with just 8% in the 80s.
Nowadays, children’s health and well-being are at risk from a lack of activity and exposure to the outdoors. According to scientific studies, even an hour of playing outside every day can make a significant difference to children’s physical development.