With the school holidays looming ever larger, parents across the country are desperate to find activities to keep the kids distracted during the break. Now, the temptation is to dump them in front of the telly or a tablet, but what about trying to limit their screen time instead and get them enjoying your local Everyone Active swimming pool?
Average UK Childhood Screen Time
In an engagement exercise run by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health a selection of children and young people said in a typical day they spend an average of…
- 2.5 hours on a computer/laptop/tablet
- 3 hours on their phone
- 2 hours watching tv
The same selection of children shared their view on the impact of their screen time:
- 88% felt the screen time impacted negatively on their sleep.
- On Average, people spent 1.5 hours looking at a screen before falling asleep
- 41% felt it affected their fun
- 35% said screen time negatively impacted their mood/ mental health
- 18% said it impacts negatively on their family time and schoolwork
Screen Time Getting in the way of Family Time
Furthermore, a 2017 OnePoll survey commissioned by Discover Ferries, found that almost nine in 10 people agreed gadgets get in the way of spending quality family time together. On an average weekday, the survey found families only spent 36 minutes together.
With social media an ever-present in both children’s and adult’s lives, alongside the portable nature of phones and tablets, it’s very difficult to switch off and reduce your screen time. However, it has never been more important to make sure families escape their devices and enjoy some quality time together.
As Swim England said as part of its #LoveSwimming campaign: “Their console doesn’t work underwater”. Swimming allows you to escape those screens, and help the kids to have fun and get active!
Also, if you want to make that family time extra special, Zoggs has some top tips to help you make the most of your family swim sessions this half term.
Whether your kids are just beginning their learn-to-swim journey or are confident swimmers, there’s a game for every family. It could be a swim and retrieve game using some great Zoggs products such as Zoggy Soakers, Seal Flips, Dive Sticks and Dive Rings, these are perfect for some family fun.
Water slides can be great fun for all the family too. They’re perfect for creating some amazing family memories that will stick with you all for a long time, helping reduce your kids’ screen time at the same time. Check out your local Everyone Active centres to find your local water slides, while those in the Bracknell area should check out Coral Reef Waterworld with its fun pool and choice of five fantastic giant water slides.
While this may not sound too exciting, swimming is such a vital skill and something your children will always remember. Help guide your kids outside their swimming lessons from getting them used to the water using the Zoggs Trainer Seat or developing their swim stroke in the Zoggs Water Wings Vest, getting them more comfortable in the water can only lead to much more fun. It is great bonding time for the whole family and we can guarantee they will never forget who taught them how to swim!
Just Enjoy it
With life passing by so quickly take some time and just enjoy spending quality time with your family by swapping screen time for pool time this half term. So ‘put down the screens and pick up the goggles’ this half term and show them the fun that can be had without those video games or that selfie on Instagram. Get active and start making amazing memories.