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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

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Time Out!

This week, the cover story in Time Magazine is about kids being too wired -- connected to computers, instant messaging, cell phones, Ipods and more.

The article points out that: "Many educators and psychologists say parents need to actively ensure that their teenagers break free of compulsive engagement with screens and spend time in the physical company of human beings -- a growing challenge not just because technology offers such a handy alternative but because so many kids lead highly scheduled lives that leave little time for old-fashioned socializing and family meals. Indeed, many teenagers and college students say overcommitted schedules drive much of their multitasking."

We agree! Kids of all ages need to connect to real people and they especially need to take some time with nature. Families take heed. Read about it.

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