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Sheffield parents shun technology for traditional playtime

Rowan Kingston, aged eight and a half months, is pictured in his trike, with mum Jodie Kingston, of Barnsley.

Rowan Kingston, aged eight and a half months, is pictured in his trike, with mum Jodie Kingston, of Barnsley.

Parents in South Yorkshire are trying to buck the trend and encourage their children to enjoy traditional play.

A survey, carried out by tricycle manufacturer SmarTrike, revealed attitudes to playtime have changed significantly in recent years, as access to computers, televisions and tablets has grown.

The study found 50 per cent of UK parents think modern technology has had an impact on traditional play.

However, Sheffield parents have struck back, taking to The Star’s Twitter and Facebook pages to insist old fashioned play is still a priority for their families.

Mum-of-one Jodie Kingston said: “My son Rowan loves traditional play. 
“He’s only nine months old so it’s all we do. We take him out as much as we can to different places where he can be around other babies his age. 
“Technology is great for children, but it has its place alongside other more traditional toys.”

Steve Hibbert said: “My son loves being out of the house, even if it’s just shopping or going to the park or playground.

“He watches TV when he’s settling down for bed and also has a Nabi pad which he likes to play jigsaws on, but we try to mix traditional play and technology.”

Charlotte Williams said: “I work in a childcare setting and we have no problem at all getting the children out to play, infact they moan when they have to come in.

“We play lots of traditional games, like hide and seek, kick the can and conkers. We’ve just given away our TV and Play Station as no-one ever uses them.”

Jansypan Thomson said: “My kids love a good walk around Heeley City Farm, Millennium Park or Meersbrook Park.”

But some parents said outdoor play was tougher with issues like security keeping kids closer to home.

James Milner said: “We don’t allow our children to go and explore like we did because there are too many bad people around these days.”

Glenn Chapman said: “We left Sheffield for Australia two years ago and things are so different here.

“Our boys are outside every day and it feels so safe. In Sheffield we wouldn’t let our boys too far away, as kids hung around the streets with their hoods up, intimidating other kids and not mixing.”

A spokesman for Rotherham baby superstore Kiddicare said: “We know it can be challenging to fit in traditional playtime activities, given the focus and draw towards digital technologies. However, as baby specialists, we know there are accessible toys and activities out there to make playtime new and exciting everyday.”

 

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