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Parents can lead by example in getting kids outside — Encourage children to appreciate nature, have fun outside




By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

Contributing Writers 

Getting kids away from computer and TV screens and outside into the fresh air is an increasing challenge for parents everywhere. Researchers have found that U.S. children today spend about half as much time outdoors as their counterparts did 20 years ago. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids agedseight-18 spend on average more than seven-and-a-half hours a day — or some 53+ hours per week — engaging with so-called entertainment media. Meanwhile, the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), a nonprofit founded by writers and educators concerned about “nature deficit disorder,” finds that in a typical week only six percent of American kids ages nine to 13 plays outside on their own. According to Richard Louv, a founding board member of C&NN and author of the book, Last Child in the Woods, kids who stay inside too much can suffer from “nature deficit disorder,” which can contribute to a range of behavioral problems including attention disorders, depression and declining creativity as well as physical problems like obesity. Continue Reading →

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