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OR Families Encouraged to ‘Be Out There’ in 2012

January 6, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. – Now that all the Christmas electronics have been given a good workout, how about the kids using them? A pre-holiday Nielsen survey found 44 percent of kids between ages six and 12 had an iPad on their wish list. No report on how many saw that wish come true, but electronics certainly dominate the lives of young people these days.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is trying to help families pare down the average eight hours a day that kids spend in front of screens. According to NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski, even in outdoorsy states like Oregon, kids still tend to prefer technology.

"It's not that there's anything necessarily inherently bad about all those great technologies, but I think anyone would agree that eight hours a day for a kid to be indoors - sedentary, in front of electronic media - is too much."

He points out that there are plenty of ways to use technology to enhance outdoor experiences - like researching locations for new adventures, and downloading applications onto phones or tablets to help identify plants, trees and critters. NWF's tips for parents are online at

And why should parents care? There's a vast amount of research showing that outdoor time for kids is good for grades, behavior and health, says Mizejewski.

"Parents can make it a resolution - 'In 2012, I'm going to make this a priority, to get outside with my kids, or build some outdoor time back into my kids' schedule' - because it's an important thing to do."

Sports are one way to get kids outdoors, although he says the best outdoor time for kids should be unstructured - just letting them poke around and explore, with friends or parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a total of 60 minutes of unstructured, outdoor play for kids every day.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR