Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Fewer Pre-Schoolers Are Playing Outside [AUDIO]

CONVERSATION TOPIC: Did you play outside as a kid? Are kids today staying inside too much? Discuss below…

Outdoor physical activity is critical for learning and development in young children. And yet, nearly half of three- to five-year-olds are not taken outside by a parent or caregiver.

Flickr User Clintus McGintus

That’s according to research presented in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

“We have so many high-quality indoor distractions these days, including video games, high definition television sets and computers that it’s easy to get immersed in things without ever having to move your body,” said Dr. Steven Rice, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics New Jersey Chapter. “But whether it’s catching a ball, kicking a ball, throwing a ball or playing tag or hide and go seek or some other fun game, it’s important for children to get out there and learn how to be active.”

“Not only is it important for the development of fine motor skills and coordination, but activity prevents childhood obesity and it helps children learn how to interact in social situations,” said Rice. “Children should be outside for at least one hour every day.”

In the study, it was discovered that mothers took their children out to play more often than fathers did. Working outside the home was often a barrier for children to play outdoors, but some parents who worked from home also did not take their children out.

“I think some parents are anxious and nervous about what’s happening in the world, so they don’t want to let their children play outside unsupervised which is fine. But, it’s still important to find that time to get your children outside. It may be a question of whether you can share time with your friends and neighbors. Maybe one day a week you can do it and other days, friends can be outside keeping an eye on the children,” said Rice. “You don’t need three parents to supervise three children. You can split the time.”

RELATED:

The study also found that mothers who exercised were more likely to take their kids outdoors, as opposed to those who were not as physically active. “I think it’s important for all parents to make it a priority to get their children moving,” said Rice.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!