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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4/5 (83 ratings)
Length: 547 pages8 hours

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Never before, in the long history of humankind, have children been so plugged in, and subsequently so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking and phenomenal new work by child advocacy expert Richard Louv, parallels are drawn between a lack of natural exposure in our children’s lives and a growth in disturbing childhood trends like obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and even depression.

If you are not familiar with children these days, here are some startling facts to give you perspective: By the 1990s the average radius around the home that children were allowed to wander in had shrunk to 1/9th of what it had been in 1970. The modern day, average eight year old is more likely to be able to identify more cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, located in their own community. The frequency at which doctors are prescribing antidepressants to children has doubled over the last five years, and recent studies are starting to reveal that too much computer use can heavily damage a developing young mind.

Sending children outside is only getting more and more difficult, with computer, television, video games, and more to compete for their time. Parents must use their power to ensure that their daughter and son will not be the last child to ever play in the woods.
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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

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Book Information

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Ratings:
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4/5 (83 ratings)
Length: 547 pages8 hours

Description

Never before, in the long history of humankind, have children been so plugged in, and subsequently so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking and phenomenal new work by child advocacy expert Richard Louv, parallels are drawn between a lack of natural exposure in our children’s lives and a growth in disturbing childhood trends like obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and even depression.

If you are not familiar with children these days, here are some startling facts to give you perspective: By the 1990s the average radius around the home that children were allowed to wander in had shrunk to 1/9th of what it had been in 1970. The modern day, average eight year old is more likely to be able to identify more cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, located in their own community. The frequency at which doctors are prescribing antidepressants to children has doubled over the last five years, and recent studies are starting to reveal that too much computer use can heavily damage a developing young mind.

Sending children outside is only getting more and more difficult, with computer, television, video games, and more to compete for their time. Parents must use their power to ensure that their daughter and son will not be the last child to ever play in the woods.
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