21 Apr '11, 11pm

Kids need time outdoors in nature but they rarely get it. Help fight "Nature Deficit Disorder"#parenting

Kids need time outdoors in nature but they rarely get it. Help fight "Nature Deficit Disorder"#parenting

You know something's awry when your child prefers to play indoors because "that's where all the electrical outlets are." The potential for parental cardiac arrest not withstanding, the truth is that children today spend far too much time cooped up at home with their tushies parked in front of the television or PC, so much so that their estrangement from the great outdoors now has a name: nature deficit disorder . The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has launched the Green Hour program to educate parents, teachers, caregivers, and elected officials about how vital outdoor experiences are in children's lives, and to increase the number of kids spending time with all things wild and woolly. American children between the ages of 8 to 18 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day indoors using computers, video games, television, and MP3 players, according to a Kaiser Family Foundati...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/05/battling_nature.php

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