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Getting Your Kids to Play Outside In the Digital Age


Technology has evolved at a dramatic pace in the last few years and has brought with it a wide variety of benefits that can’t be ignored. Enjoying yourself has truly never been more convenient, thanks to devices that can essentially act as an entertainment center, a learning annex and more – all in one location. There are even a huge number of apps designed specifically for children that allow them to learn and have fun at the same time. The downside of these advancements, however, getting your kids to play outside in the digital age has become difficult to say the least, especially when “Angry Birds” is their primary interaction with nature.

Open the door and give your kids a chance to explore nature and allow their creativity to run wild. Playing outside helps teach social and behavioral skills. A great way to get your kids to enjoy the great outdoors is to encourage them to enter social situations, such as after-school activities, that give them something a computer, a tablet or a video game console won’t. While it’s true that they can chat with their friends online, there is still an experience in social interaction that can’t be replicated on a digital device.

One of the best ways to get kids to play outside in the digital age involves taking time out of your busy schedule to play along with them. If you tell your child, “Put down the video game controller and go outside” and let the situation end there, you may get them out of the house for a few minutes or even an hour. But he or she will soon return and pick up right where they left off. By playing outside with them, regardless of the activity in question, you’re giving them an opportunity to see someone they look up to having fun outdoors and away from technology. Young children learn through imitation a significant amount of time, so even if their outdoor adventures begin as just an impression of their parents it will soon balloon into a full-fledged interest of their very own.

There are also many health benefits to tearing your children away from gadgets and spending time outside. In addition to being an outlet for stress and reducing attention deficit symptoms, sunlight provides children with vitamin D. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recent studies suggest that most children aren’t getting the necessary amounts of this essential vitamin. Evidence also indicates that Vitamin D helps with bone density, as well as preventing immune and cardiovascular diseases. With health and safety in mind, Mopfrog suggests protecting your children by slathering on the SPF before playing outside. 

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