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!

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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Effects of Regular Classes in Outdoor Education Settings: A Systematic Review on Students' Learning, Social and Health Dimensions

5 May 2017

Abstract BACKGROUND: Participants in Outdoor Education Programmes (OEPs) presumably benefit from these programmes in terms of their social and personal development, academic achievement and physical activity (PA). The aim of this systematic review was to identify studies about regular comp…

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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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Children’s screen time From Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, 2015 Report

10 Oct 2017

Key findings A majority of Australian children are spending more than the recommended two-hour daily limit for screen time (watching television, on computers and playing electronic games). At 4–5 years old, children average more than two hours screen time per week-day. By 12–13 yea…

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Daily touchscreen use in infants and toddlers is associated with reduced sleep and delayed sleep onset

20 Sep 2017

Abstract: Traditional screen time (e.g. TV and videogaming) has been linked to sleep problems and poorer developmental outcomes in children. With the advent of portable touchscreen devices, this association may be extending down in age to disrupt the sleep of infants and toddlers, an age when sle…

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Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children

11 May 2017

SAN FRANCISCO - As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests these children…

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Kids' risk of diabetes rises with too much screen time - Screen time is associated with adiposity and insulin resistance in children

15 Mar 2017

Abstract Background Higher screen time is associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk in adults, but the association with T2D risk markers in children is unclear. We examined associations between self-reported screen time and T2D risk markers in children. Methods Survey of 4495 childr…

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The Influence of Neighbourhood Green Space on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Time: Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Objective - It is often hypothesised that neighbourhood green space may help prevent well-known declines in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour that occur across childhood. As most studies in this regard are cross-sectional, the purpose of our stud…

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Don't Use Smartphones as 'Digital Pacifiers' for Kids

19 Feb 2015

If you're a parent that gives his toddler a smartphone to play with to keep him quiet, you'd better rethink your strategy. New research has shown that regularly exposing a toddler or a child under 30 months to video and interactive media on smartphones and other digital devices could impa…

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