Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and the lure of electronic devices. The phrase has been criticized as a misdiagnosis that obscures and mistreats the root problems raising a child means imaginative literature how and why children do not spend enough time outdoors and in nature. Richard Louv spent ten years traveling around the US reporting and speaking to parents and children, in both rural and urban areas, about their experiences in nature.
He argues that sensationalist media coverage and paranoid parents have literally “scared children straight out of the woods and fields”, while promoting a litigious culture of fear that favors “safe” regimented sports over imaginative play. Studies by other researchers throughout the world suggest physical activity and exposure to nature are important to good health, report positive impacts upon mental health and wellbeing associated with natural environments, and can reduce sadness and negative emotions. Parents are keeping children indoors in order to keep them safe from danger. Richard Louv believes we may be protecting children to such an extent that it has become a problem and disrupts the child’s ability to connect to nature. Loss of natural surroundings in a child’s neighborhood and city. Many parks and nature preserves have restricted access and “do not walk off the trail” signs. Environmentalists and educators add to the restriction telling children “look don’t touch”.
While they are protecting the natural environment Louv questions the cost of that protection on our children’s relationship with nature. Increased draw to spend more time inside. With the advent of the computer, video games, and television children have more and more reasons to stay inside—the average American child spends 44 hours a week with electronic media. Children have limited respect for their immediate natural surroundings. Louv says the effects of nature deficit disorder on our children will be an even bigger problem in the future. Attention disorders and depression may develop. It’s a problem because kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems”.
Louv suggests that going outside and being in the quiet and calm place can help greatly. Following the development of ADD and mood disorders, lower grades in school also seem to be related to NDD. Louv claims that “studies of students in California and nationwide show that schools that use outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produce significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math”. Childhood obesity has become a growing problem. In an interview on Public School Insight, Louv stated some positive effects of treating nature deficit disorder, “everything from a positive effect on the attention span to stress reduction to creativity, cognitive development, and their sense of wonder and connection to the earth”. Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
The No Child Left Inside Coalition works to get children outside and actively learning. They hope to address the problem of nature deficit disorder. They are now working on the No Child Left Inside Act, which would increase environmental education in schools. OpEPA’s mission is to reconnect children and youth to the Earth so they can act with environmental responsibility. Louv’s discussion of nature deficit disorder in his writings. She suggests making it clear that modern culture’s disassociation with nature has occurred gradually over time, rather than very recently.
Dickinson thinks that many people idealize their own childhoods without seeing the dysfunction that has existed for multiple generations. She warns against viewing the cure to nature deficit disorder as an outward entity: “nature”. The University Record Online, The University of Michigan. Tammie Burak, “Are your kids really spending enough time outdoors?
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