What hap­pened to child­hood?

The Gympie Times - - READ - WITH act­ing edi­tor Letea Ca­van­der

WHAT has hap­pened in this world that we need or­gan­i­sa­tions ded­i­cated to get­ting chil­dren to play out­side more? It mys­ti­fies me that in a re­gion where the weather is amaz­ing, where beaches or na­tional parks are nearby, in a coun­try where there are sport­ing goods stores ev­ery­where sell­ing cheap balls and bats and fris­bees that Na­ture Play needs to ex­ist.

It aims to make out­door play a nor­mal part of child­hood again. Is it re­ally not a nor­mal part of child­hood any more?

I grew up out­doors, play­ing in the street with neigh­bours un­til it got dark.

Are Aussie kids be­ing raised in­doors th­ese days? Why? Part of it might be the smart­phone phe­nom­e­non, and part of it might be that par­ents are afraid of preda­tors snatch­ing their kids, but that can­not be the whole story.

I want to know your thoughts. Email week­end@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au.

Also in this Week­end, we mark the start of the school hol­i­days with some sim­ple recipes to get the kids in the kitchen, and have come up with old-fash­ioned road trip games for those of you trav­el­ling.

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