UK children use excuses to not play outdoors
According to recent research by toy manufacturer, Little Tikes, children in the UK are fearful of playing out because of germs and bad weather and have a preference for spending time in front of screens.
The study surveyed 2000 families in the UK with children between the age two and 16 and found that children use different excuses for not going outside to play. One in ten of the children said they stayed indoors to avoid ‘getting dirty and touching germs’ and thirty percent have been ‘too engrossed in a video game to go out’.
A psychologist and spokesperson for the toy manufacturer said:
‘It’s important for parents to help nurture an interest in the outdoors in their children … outdoor play can lead to great opportunities for learning and discovery’.