It is no surprise that ‘tech toys’, game consoles and digital devices are once again at the top of many a Christmas wish list this year, however in the face of a generation of youngsters who are more interested in ‘screen time’ than ‘play time’ it may be worth taking a moment to consider Christmas gift options that will not only keep your kids happy, but also get them moving.
We have seen a lot in the media in recent times about our increasingly sedentary lives and arguably one of the most alarming statistics shows that two out of three Australian children do not meet the National Guidelines for daily physical activity. The truth is that it is impacting more than just their physical health. Too much screen time affects their development by limiting their opportunity to develop independent thinking, creativity and problem solving skills. In cases where screen time exceeds the recommended limits, there is growing evidence to suggest that it makes for children who are ‘less creative, and socially and mentally aware’ said psychologist Jodie Benveniste in a recent interview with the Herald Sun.Continue Reading →