Participaction has launched a “Bring Back Play” campaign to try to get more kids involved in traditional outdoor games like hide and seek and red rover.
The group, which has a mandate of increasing physical activity in Canadians, released a study that shows that only 19 percent of kids surveyed regularly play the outdoor games that their parents did.
Participaction president Kelly Murumets says there are a few reasons why, including more time in front of the TV or computer.
“Definitely that screen time is a huge barrier. A second barrier is that parents are worried about the safety of their kids. They feel like their kids aren’t safe if they’re running around outside unsupervised.”
Parents can download an app at participaction.com with lots of game ideas that they can bring to the park with their kids.