AS THE SHEER number of hours children spend in the virtual as opposed to the real world increases dramatically, new studies are showing how electronic media have directly displaced children’s time spent in Nature and their concern over the environment.

Across the entire industrialised world, the decline in children’s contact with Nature has been evidenced. For example, in the US there has been a 25% drop in visits to the countryside in the past twenty years, as one study recently found. Another study commissioned in 2007 in the UK found that of 1,000 pupils across England, one in five never visits ...


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