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Parents 'concerned' as kids spend less time outdoors

Posted 8 July 2011
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Parents 'concerned' as kids spend less time outdoors
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Investing in climbing gear and encouraging children to spend more time outdoors is something parents may wish to consider, as new research has shown the majority are worried about how much time their kids spend doing sedentary activities.

A study by Play England and Savlon revealed that one-quarter of kids have never enjoyed the simple pleasure of rolling down a hill, while just under one-third have never climbed a tree.

The survey showed that 72 per cent of adults spent the majority of their time outdoors when they were young, compared with 40 per cent of today's children.

Purchasing climbing boots and other equipment and encouraging kids to explore the outdoors could prove beneficial to their academic achievement as well, according to Catherine Prisk, co-director of Play England.

"It is also worth noting that 20 minutes of play outside in green space can help children run off 'the wriggles' so they can concentrate more in school," she told the Daily Telegraph.