October 30, 2009

Younger and younger Couch Potatoes

Please say it ain't so.

The latest info from the Nielson Company is that the average child is in front of a TV for 28 hours every week; pre-schoolers aged 2-5 for more than 32 hours. Many of those hours are spent watching DVDs or playing video games, and I’m not including the hours spent on the internet or cell phones. Media consumption has replaced outdoor play for the next generation. I was putting the health of the planet and preserving our national parks on their shoulders too.

To address this “nature deficit disorder,” the National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour campaign is urging parents to schedule one "green hour" a day for your kids to explore outdoors.