Archive for August 25th, 2007

Nature Deficit Disorder

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I spent the first 14 years of my life on a small farm in Saskatchewan’s Boreal Transition Ecoregion. Our nearest neighbours lived more than a mile away, and we didn’t have a TV.  What we did have a lot of was nature, since more than half of our farm had never been cleared for agriculture.  A lot of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book, but I also spent a lot of time out in the “bush”.

It concerns me that my children haven’t had the same oppotunities to connect with Creation that I did as a child.

Given that concern, this news article caught my eye…

Kids face ‘nature deficit disorder’ given trend toward staying indoors: experts

By MELISSA JUERGENSEN        

TORONTO (CP) – The “vague and powerful fears” parents harbour about giving their children free reign to frolic outdoors means a whole generation of young ones are facing a “nature deficit disorder,” say experts and observers.

“The whole notion of free, unorganized play is going by the wayside,” said Joe Doiron, senior policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s healthy living unit.

There is a “disturbing trend” that shows children are involved in mostly indoor organized activities, Doiron said. 

“What this trend suggests is that we’re ignoring opportunities for our kids to be involved in unorganized, free play,” he said.

Nathan Perkins, an associate professor at the University of Guelph, said the need for structure in people’s lives is making nature an increasingly “programmed experience.”

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Read the entire article here.  I think it raises some very important issues about a generation of kids who are out of touch with Creation.