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!

Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood

12 Mar 2019

Urban residence is associated with a higher risk of some psychiatric disorders, but the underlying drivers remain unknown. There is increasing evidence that the level of exposure to natural environments impacts mental health, but few large-scale epidemiological studies have assessed the general exis…

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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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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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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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Electronic Overload

12 Jun 2014

A report commissioned by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Government of Western Australia. Download Electronic Overload Summary Electronic screen use (such as watching television/DVDs, and using computers, video games and portable devices) is the most common leisure activity of youth…

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Geocaching lesson plans

12 Jun 2014

Nature Play WA has developed three lesson plans linking geocaching with the Year 6 Australian Curriculum. Lesson 1: An Introduction to Geocaching Lesson 2: Get Geocaching! Lesson 3: We're Going on a Treasure Hunt Geocaching and the Australian Curriculum To find out more about geoc…

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Bidirectional relationships between sleep duration and screen time in early childhood

23 Jun 2013

Sleep duration and media use (i.e., computer use and television viewing) have important implications for the health and well-being of children. Population data suggest that shorter sleep duration and excessive screen time are growing problems among children and could be interacting issues. This stud…

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Hi -tech kids need a good dose of sun

23 Jun 2013

Children who use multiple tech devices such as game consoles and TVs, are at higher risk of obesity and other health problems. Children hooked on electronic gadgets are suffering vitamin D deficiency.…

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The Impact of excessive screen use on child and adolescent health and wellbeing

23 Jun 2013

Electronic screen use (such as watching television/DVDs, and using computers, video games and portable devices) is the most common leisure activity of youth in Australia and many other industrialised countries.A large majority of children and adolescents in Australia exceed the recommended maximum o…

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TV viewing and obesity in children and young people

23 Jun 2013

Increased TV viewing time among children and young people is associated with a raisedlikelihood of overweight. This results from a combination of unhealthy dietary habits,sedentary behaviour,and exposure to TV advertising. It also appears that excessive TV viewing among adolescents may lead to poor…

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Audible television and decreased adult words, infant vocalizations and conversational turns - a population-based study

23 Jun 2013

This study found audible television is associated with decreased exposure to discernible human adult speech and decreased child vocalizations. These results may explain the association between infant television exposure and delayed language development.…

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