New Delhi: Children chasing one another in parks and playgrounds or playing outdoor games is a sight now rarely seen due to academic pressure and the lure of video games, say experts, warning of the dangers of neglecting physical activity.
According to the findings of the survey, of the 75 percent of the children who do not play outdoors on a daily basis, in the case of over half (38 percent), it was the parents who did not allow them to play."Parental restriction is one of the biggest reasons for an inactive, non-playing generation. Our research shows an alarming 38 percent of parents don`t poke them to go out and play due to various reasons," said Jaipuria."The aspect which has suddenly brought in a major change is the way parents and children have started giving priority to academics over sports, which they are forgetting plays also an equal and integral part in the overall growth of the kids," Parikh added.Seema Gupta, the mother of a 13-year-old, admitted that academic pressure was coming in the way of children playing."In our time, our parents used to force us to go out and play, but now it has changed. It is not that we want to deliberately make our child sit at home with books all around," she said."One of the reasons is the pressure put on children by the academic curriculum. Secondly they prefer indoor games like the playstation or would rather watch television. And also, with so much stress, they lose energy and like to sit back at home and relax rather than going out and raising sweat," Gupta pointed out. IANS
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