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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Common Sense Outdoor Safety

Rules to use

The perception that the outdoors is less safe for kids than staying indoors is now deeply entrenched in the America psyche. It is steadily reinforced and even perpetuated by heavy media coverage of childhood abductions, kids falling into holes, drownings and more. Indeed, no one should ever suggest that outdoor play is completely risk free. There are just too many bumps and scrapes and twisted ankles in the memory of most adults to buy that. But staying indoors has considerable risks too because so many sexual predators frequent the Web (which kids also frequent). There are many common sense rules for how kids can be safer outdoors. For parents and caregivers who want children to have safe green hours here is a useful website and review. Check it out!

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