Archive for August, 2006

Nature deficit disorder

As we sit working in our nature and space-challenged inner Sydney apartment, gazing at our baby daughter Lana’s little cage of a playpen, we decide to plan a day’s outing for her.

It’s easy to see even from this early age, that Lana loves nature. She loves leaves. She loves birds. It’s her natural propensity. Problem is, she loves TV too. Though we don’t let her watch it yet, if she sees it on she’s quickly fixated. So it’s easy to see that sooner or later TV can become an obsession that overwhelms her attachment to nature, especially if we’re lazy as parents and allow this to happen.

Kids these days spend over 40 hours a week in front of digital media. Every hour of television results in a request for one more product. These little critters almost drive consumer spending. Don’t get me wrong, electronic media is not all bad, it’s a great educational tool too, but where lies the balance? It seems that for most parents of school-aged children, if they do happen to give their kids time with nature, it’s probably on a parent-organised, structured weekly sports pitch where they have to compete (with other parents, that is)!

Saving Kids from Nature Deficit Disorder, NPR Morning Edition
Author Richard Louv talks about his new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Louv argues that kids are so plugged into television and video games that they’ve lost their connection to the natural world.


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