A new survey conducted by British Military Fitness as part of their campaign to get kids children outside has given an intriguing and perhaps startling insight into children’s use of digital technology
The statistics suggest youngsters are losing the basic skills that were once part of childhood. Over half of children surveyed by the BMF did not know how to use a skipping rope, 45% can’t tell the time and a similar figure could not tie their laces! Meanwhile children’s digital dexterity is startling. Figures reveal two thirds of children can confidently take a selfie, 48% can use a smartphone, and 57% are able to take a Snapchat video. BMF research into how children spent the Easter break shows they spent a whopping 6 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes on gadgets during the holidays.
Indeed given that an astounding 27% of 2-3 year olds own an ipad and 8% in the same age category possess a mobile telephone, maybe this is not so astonishing. Nevertheless given that 93% of 2-3 year olds studied cannot read and 82% are unable to ride a bike, perhaps our children’s pastimes should be cause for concern.
The British Military Fitness’ review also suggests these behaviours are having repercussions for children. Almost a quarter of parents surveyed worried about their child’s mood while 22% expressed concerns about their child’s social life due to their use of digital technology, a figure that jumped to 29% amongst parents of 2-3 year olds.
Could this survey be a warning sign that children need to get outside more?
For more information about the British Military Fitness campaign, #springintoaction see their website
Photographs: British Military Fitness