Digital Wellbeing

Nature Play WA’s mission is to help get more kids playing outside more often, but we know that isn’t easy in the modern technology-infused world.  So we've developed a range of free resources as part of a broad strategy to help families find a healthy mix of screen-time and nature play. 
Nature Play WA recommends a three-pronged approach to healthy technology use:

Reduce: reducing the time your kids spend on technology, even a little bit, makes a difference
Replace: use active technologies (like Nature Passport) to replace sedentary technologies wherever possible
Balance: balance the time kids spend on sedentary technology with an equal, or greater, amount of time in active play outdoors.

Find resources and research that support the healthy balance of screen-time vs greentime below!

Digital Doorknock App

6 Jan 2020

Connecting children for local play. A tool to help parents communicate with parents in their neighbourhood to facilitate outside play.     Use this app (designed and developed by Nature Play QLD) to get to know the families around you and d…

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Nature Passport Outdoor App

8 Dec 2017

Our tool to help families and schools replace kids' sedentary screen-time with playing, exploring and learning outdoors! Research shows that spending time outdoors is an essential part of a healthy, well-balanced childhood. Nature Passport encourages and motivates children to have fun…

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Reduce, Replace, Balance (R&B)

7 Dec 2017

Download Reduce, Replace, Balance (R&B) Resource Reduce, Replace, Balance is a program from Nature Play WA to help WA families manage screentime and increase outdoor active play, through these three tips: REDUCE Work with your kids to reduce screen time (yours and theirs). Even…

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Nature Play WA App

1 Dec 2017

The Nature Play WA App makes accessing ideas to help get kids outdoors easy! This free app promotes the resources, programs, trails and events we have created to make taking part in nature play easy. Use the Nature Play WA app to: • Discover interactive trails in Western Australia th…

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Green time vs screen time

27 Nov 2017

The Green Time vs Screen Time tool for families is a fun way to help you keep track of how much time your children are spending playing outdoors ('green time'), versus time spent indoors, watching TV or on the computer ('screen time').         &…

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Digital Wellbeing Literature Review

6 Apr 2021

Navigating children’s safe passage through the digital world is one of the great challenges of modern parenthood – and it is a challenge undertaken, largely, without a roadmap. How much time should kids spend on devices? What does healthy device usage look like? What are the impacts of g…

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Physical activity and screen time among youth with autism: A longitudinal analysis from 9 to 18 years

7 Jan 2021

To date, studies using cross-sectional methodologies make up a majority of the literature surrounding children with autism spectrum disorders and participation in physical activity and screen time. Longitudinal studies are needed to examine how physical activity and screen time behaviors co-develop…

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Psychological impacts of “screen time” and “green time” for children and adolescents: A systematic scoping review

7 Sep 2020

Technological developments in recent decades have increased young people’s engagement with screen-based technologies (screen time), and a reduction in young people’s contact with nature (green time) has been observed concurrently. This combination of high screen time and low green time m…

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Higher parental stress linked to low screen-time enforcement, research finds

18 Jun 2020

When parents are under stress, household rules about screen time often get abandoned, new University of Guelph research finds. A first of its kind in Canada, the study found parents of young children reporting high levels of life or parenting stress were less likely to monitor and limit their kid…

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Parental Screen Use and Effect on Children - Association of Parental and Contextual Stressors With Child Screen Exposure and Child Screen Exposure Combined With Feeding

13 Feb 2020

Key Points Question  Are individual and contextual stressors associated with the use and duration of screen time and screen time combined with food in children aged 7 to 18 months? Findings  In this cross-sectional, population-based study of 1085 children, higher levels of parenting…

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Study: Limiting Children's Screen Time Improves Their Memory, Attention and Language Skills

1 Oct 2018

Summary Background Childhood and adolescence are crucial periods for brain development, and the behaviours during a typical 24 h period contribute to cognitive performance. The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommend at least 60 min physical activity per day, 2 h…

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Too much screen time may double cancer, mortality risk of already unhealthy people

29 May 2018

Associations of discretionary screen time with mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer are attenuated by strength, fitness and physical activity: findings from the UK Biobank study Background Discretionary screen time (time spent viewing a television or computer screen during leisure time…

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Prospective associations between toddler televiewing and subsequent lifestyle habits in adolescence

14 Feb 2018

Background Watching television is a common pastime for very young children. High exposure may negatively influence physical and mental health outcomes. Not much is known about how early exposure relates to lifestyle choices in adolescence. Objective To estimate how toddler televiewing is su…

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Bedtime Use of Technology and Associated Sleep Problems in Children

13 Dec 2017

Children comprise one of the largest consumer groups of technology. Sleep is fundamental to optimal functioning during childhood, including health and behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore bedtime electronic use and its impact on 3 health consequences—sleep quantity and quality, i…

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Increases in Depressive Symptoms, Suicide-Related Outcomes, and Suicide Rates Among U.S. Adolescents After 2010 and Links to Increased New Media Screen Time

20 Nov 2017

In two nationally representative surveys of U.S. adolescents in grades 8 through 12 (N = 506,820) and national statistics on suicide deaths for those ages 13 to 18, adolescents’ depressive symptoms, suicide-related outcomes, and suicide rates increased between 2010 and 2015, especially am…

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