Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Parental concerns stopping children play outdoors, a survey finds

Parental concerns stopping children play outdoors,

a survey finds

Over-anxious parents are stopping children play outdoors, despite 81% of children preferring outdoor play to watching TV, a survey suggests. The Eureka Children’s Museum polled nearly 3000 parents and children. The findings show that children are unlikely to play far from home due to parental concerns about road traffic and strangers. Although 95% of adults agreed it was good for children to take risks when playing, about one in four said they would not let their children take these risks without a safe environment to play in. Of the children surveyed, 67% preferred free play, where they are able to explore through unstructured, free-spirited play.

 

Today’s children pick the park, garden and home as their top places to play, while their parents' favourite places to play when young were fields, woods and the street.

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