If you’re concerned about the amount of time kids are spending outside this article by Richard Louv is worth a look. His movement to reconnect children to the natural world began with his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods. He fears that the resulting disconnect with the outdoors that has created an epidemic of nature-deficit disorder in children. If you can look beyond this trendy pseudodiagnosis he actually has something to say.
While urban and suburban parents cite stranger-danger as the drive indoors, it was interesting to learn that the number of child-snatchings (100/year) hasn't changed in two decades.
My favorite quote came when Louv interviewed one suburban fifth grader about his reclusive habits and was told, “I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”
Via 3 Quarks Daily