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WDEL's Delaware Hi-TechWatch
with Peter MacArthur


Plugged in kids lack exercise, sleep

It's been extremely nice outside the past few weeks but kids don't hustle outside like they used to. So many are so plugged in, it can affect their sleep and their health.

Kids in Delaware and their counterparts across the country aren't getting enough sleep.



That's the bottom line in a new report that looks at children and the amount of time they spend inside – plugged into electronics – and how this over-stimulation affects their sleep.



Kevin Coyle with National Wildlife Federation authored the report. He says a generation ago, kids spent hours outdoors playing and interacting with others, but today, the average child in Delaware spends about 7 to 8 hours per day on the computer, on their cell phone, playing video games or watching television.



And this has a number of implications for the kids; their health, their overall fitness levels. There are a number of reasons why we think that this new indoor child phenomenon in American society has really affected the ability of children to get a good night’s sleep.



For some tips on how to help get kids to spend more time outside and ways to help reduce time spent in front of screens, a new on-line guide is available for parents and caregivers at www.beoutthere.org.




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