American kids today spend only
four to seven minutes a day
playing outdoors.

We hear a new call to raise the "wild child."

Originally broadcast on WBUR, March 26, 2015. Rebroadcast July 20, 2016.
In the space of a generation, American children have been largely pulled out of nature. By one study, the average American boy or girl now spends, on average, just four to seven minutes a day outdoors. There are all kinds of reasons, but at heart it’s a lifestyle change. More screens, more protectiveness, more scheduled lives. American kids under what some call “house arrest.’ Radio guest Dr. Scott Sampson from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science says childhood divorce from nature is costing us, our children, dearly in physical and mental health and more. FOMB said this 20 years ago when we started our Hands Around the Bay activities for kids including the popular Bay Days. This hour On Point: getting the kids back to nature. Raising the “wild child.”

Here is a link to the program:
Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

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