Motivating kids to play outside and get away from screen time can be a challenge. Seems like all they want to do these days is play video games spend time on their smart phones.
Disconnecting kids from electronics
At NXT Generation Toys, we’re all kids at heart, and we’ve got your children’s health and safety in mind.
Remember the days you played outside until Mom called you into dinner? Your kids probably won’t.
In the last several decades, our children have moved indoors to play. The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen. [1, 2, 3]
This profoundly affects the wellness of our kids. Our kids are out of shape, tuned out, and stressed out, because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection to the natural world.
At NXT Gen Toys, we create toys that empower them to be creative, get exercise, play with their friends. Â [link to products page]
1 Less Free Time: During the last 30 years, the amount of children’s free time has declined, in favor of more structured activities. Â For example, between 1981-1997, unstructured outdoor activities fell by 50%. Study: Hofferth, Sandra and John Sandberg (1999), Changes in American Children’s Time, 1981-1997, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. http://www.puttingfamilyfirst.org/research.php
2 Outside Time vs. Inside Time: Research shows that children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago, and much more time doing “inside” activities. Study: Juster, F. Thomas et al. (2004). “Changing Times of American Youth: 1981-2003”, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Child Development Supplement
3 Too Much Screen Time: The average American child spends 44 hours per week (more than 6 hours a day!) staring at some kind of electronic screen. Study: Rideout, Victoria et al. (2005). Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-Olds. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.