July 05, 2006

Kids who stay indoors

This story cannot be repeated too often.

I am not a parent, but I keep my eyes open, and I do not think that the problem is the Web and television. After all, we have television, at least, when I was a kid.

More blame needs to be placed on the "safety" issue, I think.

"Parents are very busy, and outside play takes a lot of supervision," says Mary Rivkin, associate professor of education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "We're also afraid about being outside because of strangers, the sun, and insects. Inside seems much safer."

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