Kids these days.
In truth, though, kids these days spend more time on screens than ever before. Some kinds of screen time can be beneficial for kids older than 18 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But too much of the wrong kind can cut into healthy activities like sleep, social interaction and spending time in nature.
So, can time spent in nature coexist with screen time? I think so. While it’s important to completely unplug at times, we can harness some of the magnetism of the screen to promote engagement, creativity and learning while outdoors.
Here are some tools and ideas that might help families use technology to connect with nature, rather than rule their lives.