by Lakshmi Singh
Curtin University research claims that in just one generation, outdoor play has decreased from 73% to just 13% of total play time.
Instead, the vast majority of children today indulge in more than the recommended two hours of screen use by watching TV/DVDs, playing electronic games and using computers.
The Western Australian State Government has decided to tackle this trend by developing a new program called Nature Play. The program hopes to entice kids back outside with their ultimate outdoors list – “15 things to do before you’re 12”.