Outdoor Play versus Electronics

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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 10:46

Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
12 Jul 2018, 07:55
Having a sister who is 16 years younger than me has definitely been interesting. My other two siblings are relatively close to my age, my brother being 3 years younger and my other sister being 6 years younger, we grew up playing outside and riding bikes and reading. Granted, there was TV watching, the start of computer and video gaming, but often times my mom tried to get us out of the house. Whereas my youngest sister, who is now the only one left at home, has grown up with a phone or tablet in her hand. She's gotten hand-me-down handheld consoles from us. She does still play outside, but in comparison, it's a lot less than what I grew up with. It would be fantastic if a book like this could encourage kids to get outside and play more, but I think it has to be something that starts with the parents, older siblings, or even the child's friends helping them along to experience the outdoors.


Kids are so teachable that they simply follow
examples. This is a major duty a parent must assumed. Sadly not all parents are to be emulated.

On the issue of outdoor activities, the parents can simply be around while they play outside.

And I wish there are more books like Toni the superhero that helps to promote these activities.
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 11:33

Bukari wrote:
14 Jul 2018, 02:20
I think the setting of the story also comes into play when we want to deal with the playing ground. Perhaps Toni was in a place where there were no electronics.


Yes, the setting actually affects an individual, but for Toni I can remember him dancing in one of the pages.


But I can't recall seeing any game or TV except a radio player?

Would you call that an electronics too?
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 11:43

Cardinalsparrow wrote:
14 Jul 2018, 07:35
When I was growing up there wasn't so much gadgets and electronics, out door was inevitable. These days kids stay on their electronics more. I dare say they're missing a lot especially in human relationships.




Indeed children that stays indoors are missing the fun outside. As meeting friends helps one to be more social.

But this is not to dispute the fact that there useful activities that can only be done in doors.


One of such is reading and doing of homework. I think this can also improve their relationship.
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 11:48

Zain A Blade wrote:
14 Jul 2018, 13:15
I do love that the author took outdoor activities into perspective in the book. It could help kids to learn other ways of having fun.


It is true the book can has provide a way to help kids on having fun with outside activities.


But this is not without the supervision of parents. This is to ensure the safety of the child.

The book is really helpful.
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 15:38

Riszell wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 04:44
Nowadays, children tend to play more on electronics and that's sad. It is more fun and enjoyable to play outside and to move the bodies as kids play. It is healthier and more sociable. So I guess this book is very helpful to encourage children to do more outside activities.

I think we should find a way to balance the use of electronics and outdoor activities.

This is not possible except parents are involved. And not just parents but. Disciplined and determined ones.

Lastly, kids must be made to see the reason for this action else they might misunderstand the good motive.
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 15:49

Sicily Joy wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 23:51
There are some educational and social benefits to electronic use. However, too much time online can be distracting. I can see why a book that is promoting reading would not have electronics featured. Personally, when I am online a lot I know my reading time suffers greatly.


I fully agree that the uncontrolled use of electronics can be distracting most times.

But having the self-control and initiative to do so can be greatly difficult.

I think the book is effective to this point by totally eliminating the access to these time-cosnsuming electronics.
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Post by Mr Benji » 15 Dec 2018, 15:54

Sicily Joy wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 23:51
There are some educational and social benefits to electronic use. However, too much time online can be distracting. I can see why a book that is promoting reading would not have electronics featured. Personally, when I am online a lot I know my reading time suffers greatly.




I fully agree that the uncontrolled use of electronics can be distracting most times.

But having the self-control and initiative to do so can be greatly difficult.

I think the book is effective to this point by totally eliminating the access to these time-cosnsuming electronics.
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Post by Mr Benji » 19 Dec 2018, 21:51

Kibetious wrote:
14 Dec 2018, 23:26
Mr Benji wrote:
14 Dec 2018, 21:04
Kibetious wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 07:31
Of course, it will help some children provided parents will also encourage them to do so. It happens that nowadays most kids prefer staying indoors in front of televisions or Video games. These habits may make the children be antisocial and also be detrimental to their health as well. It is good that kids learn that they can also have fun outside the house.


I totally agree that the trend of kids who prefer games to activities like studying is alarming.

But in somes cases there is little a parent can do about it than restricting their exposure to electronics.


I forget to admit that gaming is such a distracting force due to the attention it demands.
This is equally true. Sometimes to achieve something, extra measures have to be taken and this may include restricting access to electronics.


Well pointed out, kibetious.

And I hope the kids cooperate with their parents about the restricted access.
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