Less Screen Time and More Green Time
Reports indicate that excessive screen time is having negative health impacts on children. They are spending less time playing outside and more time indoors, sedentary and screen-based.
The Ontario Student Health survey reports that students in grades seven to 12 are spending up to seven hours a day on screens, more than three and a half times the recommended limit of two hours per day.
Spending so much time on smartphones, video games, tablets, computers and televisions affects:
- Disrupts eating habits
- Displaces physical activities
- Limits children’s opportunities to interact with each other
- Increases the incidence of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
Researchers agree that spending time in nature and being active outdoors is beneficial to children’s physical and mental health, and helps improve their resiliency, academic performance, and social skills. Time spent exploring nature evokes curiosity and a sense of wonder. With less time spent outside in nature, children are losing opportunities to learn, explore, discover and understand our natural environment.