Parents Worried Kids Aren't Playing Outside


Listen to Max and Amy's conversation about a survey at SWNS Digital, revealing 55% of parents are worried about how little time their kids are playing outside. According to parents, the average child will spend just five hours a week playing outside, which is less than an hour a day. Other findings in the survey include:

  • 57% worry their kids aren’t as excited to play outside as they were when they were a child.
  • But it’s not for lack of encouragement, with the average parent telling their kids to play outside four times a week.
  • The top reasons parents tell their kids to play include:
    • Getting some fresh air (51%)
    • Taking a break from devices (47%)
    • Exercising (42%)
    • For their mental health (35%)
  • Kids in some states are playing outside more than in others.
  • The poll finds that the states where kids play outside most include:
    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • Missouri
    • North Dakota
    • Wyoming
  • And when kids do play outside, what are they doing for fun? Well, the top outdoor activities include:
    • Hide and Seek (43%)
    • Water balloon fights (42%)
    • Tag (42%)
    • Going to the playground (slide, swings, etc.) (41%)
    • Sports (baseball, basketball, football, etc.) (40%)
    • Riding a bike/scooter (40%)
    • Swimming (40%)
    • Snowball fights (38%)
    • Running around the neighborhood with friends (37%)
    • Catch (36%)
    • Jump rope (28%) 

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