Forget Mr Tumble, nothing can hold a child’s attention quite like a YouTube vid of a person unveiling that little yellow egg inside a Kinder Surprise. Clearly, there is something in this whole unwrapping-by-proxy thing, but what is it that children find so enthralling?
The fact is children and technology are a match made in heaven, or hell, depending on which screen-time camp you fall into. One mum who definitely knows where she stands on the whole to ban or not to ban discussion is Karly Tophill.
Movement and exercise is vital because of it’s far-reaching benefits on children’s health and development. The international study of 38 countries found that England, Scotland and Wales are among the worst for physical activity – far behind other countries such as China, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates. Commenting on the study experts warned that the results were extremely alarming, and suggested that we could conclude that movement was being “stripped out” of modern lifestyles, thanks to children spending hours on technology and being starved of outdoor activity.
So it’s not good news that the average UK child will spend three and a half days of their six-week-long summer holiday looking at a screen. According to a survey conducted by Go Ape, kids devote 14 hours and 28 minutes a week of their school break to staring at a screen of some sort.