A recent survey by ComRes asked parents some questions about children and physical activity.

The survey took place at the beginning of March 2016 and involved over 1,000 parents

The results showed that 80% of parents agreed that their family’s quality of life would be improved by doing more physical activity. So what is stopping these families from carrying this out?

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Technology

Well, a staggering 87% agreed that increased use of technology such as tablets & smartphones by children had contributed to a decrease in the amount of exercise that they do. 76% agreed that such technology made it more difficult for families to be physically active together. (That figure rises to 88% if you just look at responses from women.)

Around half of parents (54%) agree that parents are provided with enough information by the UK government on the health risks to children and teenagers of excessive sedentary time.

Active Parents

We’ve all experienced a kid who uses a tablet or phone to play games not wanting to put it down. Equally, a child may reach for a tablet rather than going outside and playing with their friends, or being taken to the park.

Do you agree with that gadgets make it trickier to get your kids involved in being physically active?

Were you a more active child than the current generation?