A safe place to play
Two in three parents say their children play outside for less time than their generation did, according to new research from housebuilder Redrow. Nearly three quarters of the 2,000 parents surveyed said that the roads are now too dangerous for outdoor play. Other barriers are the amount of time children spend on social media, and lack of safe spaces to play.
Parents clearly recognise the benefits of outdoor play, with more than half surveyed saying it promotes physical health, gets kids away from screens and is positive for their mental health. They also believe it helps children to develop social skills and teach them about nature and safety.
Many families are willing to make big lifestyle changes to actively encourage outside play for their children. Over half in the survey have considered taking action, including moving to a cul-de-sac, moving closer to friends to encourage play and even watching old films showing outdoor play to encourage their children outside!
Redrow aims to encourage play in new communities to inspire residents, other developers and local councils to join forces. Recommendations include the prioritisation of doorstep play and involving local children in the design of new play areas.