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Results from a recent survey suggest that children in Britain are first playing outside unsupervised up to two years later than their parent’s generation. The British Children’s Play Survey spoke to over 1,900 parents of children aged five to eleven about their children’s time spent playing. The survey shows children are most likely to be aged eleven when they first play outside without adult supervision. On average their parents were aged nine for the same activity. It also reveals that during a year, children spend up to three hours a day playing, half of which happens outside. The study goes on to say that this reduction of adventurous play compared to their parents can affect long-term physical and mental health. There is also concern that children first being out by themselves at a later age will lead to fewer experiences to properly develop their ability to assess and manage risk independently. Children in Scotland are typically the first to play outside without parents, a year ahead of Wales and England. Read more here.

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