Kids spend less time outdoors than prisoners!


 

One of the greatest memories of childhood for me during holidays was the opportunity to get out and play. School vacations gave us times to get together with friends for some great times outdoors. I caught this story and thought it worthwhile to think about.

 

Who spends more time outside, a child… or a maximum-security prisoner? Watch this film to find out. This video looks inside the mind’s of prison inmates to find out exactly how much their outdoor time means to them. The ‘Free the Kids’ campaign is brought to you by Dirt is Good, an initiative to get kids spending more time outside.

 

H/T: News Alert

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32 Responses to “Kids spend less time outdoors than prisoners!”

  1. keithshoheinielsen Says:

    It’s terrible due physical and psychological health, not to spend much time outdoors. This is worrying

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  2. Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup » Pirate's Cove Says:

    […] Bunkerville covers kids spending less time outdoors than inmates […]

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  3. Baysider Says:

    What a contrast to ‘experts’ that advised parents not to let their children walk on sand, stay away from the beach, don’t get dirty. I like Mustang’s comments about how the entertainment world today has taken away kids’ imaginations. Mr. B used to listen to those radio shows and imagine as a kid. Then he played outside all day when he didn’t have to be inside eating or doing chores. I have 2 grand nephews who still do. Their mom sends them outside – and buck naked in good weather – to run around until the next meal (they live on a ranch without neighbors).

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  4. Kid Says:

    Today’s music? OGM ! The singers can’t sing, If you even hear an instrument playing it sounds like it’s being played by someone just learning, The compositions/melodies/lyrics are pathetic.
    last year every boring POS thing was Awesome. These days everything is Epic. The battle at Midway was epic. Some idiot’s lunch is not epic. Look at my Epic haircut.

    How low does this go?

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  5. Mustang Says:

    The one thing we had going for us as kids was our imaginations. Some of this may have come from the Saturday afternoon westerns, some of it from reading great books about America’s founding heroes, the pioneers, the western lawmen, inventors, people who, for one reason or another, we found suitable for emulation—even in play time. My favorites were Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Today, in the minds of too many Americans, none of these people made America great … because they do not see the American experience as exceptional. We know different, of course. And as it already been said, children today are absorbed with media apparatus, which takes away imagination and replaces it with reactions to stimuli.

    A few decades ago, Radio, Film, and TV star Jack Benny observed that television and films have done more to destroy the minds of young people than any other single cause. He said, paraphrasing now, the old radio programs told exciting stories … but its presentation required people to use their imaginations to “see” what was going on: The “thump, thump, thump” of someone walking across the floor, the creaky sound of a door opening, or the clip pity clopping of a horse’s hooves as it made its way down the middle of an old western street. We were able to see these things in our mind’s eye, much the same way we are able to “see” the events that we read in books. Following along made us use our imaginations; this allowed us to participate in the stories. Cinema and TV, however, is a non-participatory involvement. We just sit there in the theater and absorb the action. Hell, who even pays attention to the dialogue anymore?

    I’m glad I can remember most of the 20th Century. I feel sorry for kids who live now, or who will follow them in another 50 years.

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    • the unit Says:

      Yep, imaginations and realizations. 🙂

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I think many of the early fifties TV programs instilled a sense of values. How well I recall Dragnet with that hammer slamming at the end. What happened if one did wrong. Donna Reed, Father knows best…can you imagine? Playhouse theatre.. Good v Bad and good always won out. No blood and guts.. Ding Dong school — am I the only one that recalls?
      But of course reading was the staple. Creating the characters in one’s mind.

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      • Kid Says:

        Seems there were enough ‘forces against evil’ in Hollywood in those days Bunk. Most of the actors were former military. Jimmy Stewart – B17 pilot, Audie Murphy – 2nd most decorated soldier of WWII. They’d spit on these people today..
        I always enjoyed the single person hero stuff. Alan Ladd – High Noon, The Rifleman, Paladin, Charles Bronson, Clint, Superman, and many many others. It was fun to imagine being a person who did so much for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. I envy anyone who actually lived that life and no doubt there have been some.

        Then of course all the programs that showed us how to be decent people to our neighbors. None of that going on now. We’re totally off the rails. It will not end well. I’m forever the optimist, but for decades now, old my feet to the fire and I say the kids will only learn the hard way. Fortunately (I think), I’ll be gone by then.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Kid… Right you are.What better than Superman? Ramar of the Jungle started my interest in medicine. Uncle Miltie? Ed Sullivan and every Saturday night we all gathered for the Lawrence Welk Show. Guy Lombardo for New Years Eve.
        I have little clue and care less for most of today’s music – pop culture.

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      • the unit Says:

        I’m lax to forget to post this…not exlax though. 🙂

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Unit… I am surprised this video hasn’t been removed from YouTube.

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      • the unit Says:

        Yeah, I guess ’cause only me and you sees it. 🙂

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  6. jtdorsaneo Says:

    I agree! Dirt is good and kids today just don’t have a clue about what they are missing.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Agree…. who now would even consider jumping into a high pile of raked leaves? I happened to think of it as I saw a large pile yesterday…my Dad was of course not very happy about it– but it was fun..

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  7. Kid Says:

    We were always outside as kids, out in the morning, back for dinner. Our parents must have loved that.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      No scheduled play dates for us kids!

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      • the unit Says:

        Strawberries, dings, and bruises…participation throphies. 🙂

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      • Kid Says:

        I read recently about what they’re calling the iGen. Born after 1995, they’ve always had access to a smartphone and of course lots of other technology, social media, etc. The psychologist was making the observation and case that these people have a very hard time dealing with the physical world and one of the reasons suicide rates of young people are up.

        I remember a comment section based on the question of how people thought things were going lately. The kids all said Everything is Fantastic !. My comment was that technology was fantastic, but the people are f**

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I cannot imagine what their psyche consists of…living in a virtual world with little interaction with reality. The schools have abandoned them…calling them snowflakes does an injustice to what has become of them…it is very very sad. A whole generation lost.

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  8. petermc3 Says:

    As I reminisce this morning in 12 degrees standing in my CO2 footprint I remember how the worst fate to befall my brother, my friends and I as little kids was to be within ear shot of the house and have our mother “call us in.” We made up our own games, entertained ourselves without parent directed “play dates.” Then our teenage years were spent in the schoolyard playing basketball, stickball and football or just hanging out until it got to dark to play. If you were on an organized team you didnt dare show up late for a game or practice knowing there was always another guy waiting to take your place. Now there are no neighborhood children on the sidewalks or the stoops, the schoolyards are empty, no old lady who would cut up our Spalding if went in her yard, no more neighborhood dogs, one who would nip us and one who wouldn’t, no neighborhood big shot who would give us a dime or a quarter to go buy his Luckies at the poolroom, no more sharing a 15 cent bottle of soda with five of your friends since there was no threat of disease from drinking from the same bottle, no more fishing for sewer balls, no more cleaning the dog poop from your sneaker up against the curb. When stuck in the house due to being sick or punished job #1 was to find a means to escape! Sadly these days are never to return… Technology is a double edged blade.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Peter this is worthy of a post….Nostalgic as all get out here for the good old days. Yes, dark always came too soon…. the battles won and fought on the turf..even for gals…but we learned to work it out. Got us ready to join the work force. Now kids only have their thumbs to try and settle the score on little plastic things a ma jigs.

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  9. the unit Says:

    ‘Dirt is Good’ Yep, good.
    In my childhood days probably starting about 3rd or 4th grade, we started being allowed and expected to get home on our own from school. Played at city park after school and when dusk began settling in could barely make it a few blocks home before darkness. And we were then safe at home, the house unlocked so we could get in.
    Something else I learned back then was C02 was good. Plants needed it to make the good 02 I breathed.
    Still learning more about it.
    https://www.ge.com/reports/bad-co2-good-co2-ge-scientists-use-climate-change-culprit-make-cleaner-electricity/
    And I got that electricity going in my little space heater blowing warm air on my cold feet these mornings. 🙂

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  10. Linda Says:

    I agree….great video, Bunk. Stay warm my friend. smiles

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    • bunkerville Says:

      17 degrees and not toasty at all!

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      • Linda Says:

        at 2:30 currently 24*…sigh.

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      • bydesign001 Says:

        Hi Bunkerville, Sounds like you’re up near me. Was waiting until this weekend to weatherstrip master bedroom. Major mistake, MAJOR. I woke up yesterday with frost and ice on the insides of my window. Oh yes and the cat snuggled real close.

        About today’s children — I feel sorry for them. They’ve been trained by their parents who surround them with technology that distracts them and destroys their imagination not to entertain the thought of going outside.

        It’s totally nuts. I tried to get my grandson to join the school’s basketball team, even purchased a basketball for him and their response was “he doesn’t want to join the team.”

        #1, Who is the parent?
        #2, Does it occur to them or any other parent to take the technology?
        #3, I get the feeling that parents are more than happy to have their children in the house these days;
        #4, These are the same parents who complain that they can’t get their children’s attention; and
        #5, These are the same parents who complain that they’re kids are overweight.

        By the way, the basketball is gone because some punk smacked it out of my grandson’s hand while he was standing on a subway platform waiting for the train en route to school. It landed on the train tracks.

        Sorry for the rant.

        P.S.: A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Hope you had a good one Puma… South Central PA here….Sounds like a bad day in your neighborhood. Keep the faith that is all we can do at this poin.

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