Sunday, September 22, 2013

Turning Screen Time Into Green Time


Powell Franklin, Jr, and his wife, Jennifer, were looking for a way to pry their young daughter Emma away from computers and televisions and get her outdoors more often.  “My generation was probably the last one to grow up playing outside all the time,” says Powell.

Indeed, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, U.S. children between the ages of 8 and 18 now spend an average of 7.5 hours a day indoors in front of an electronic screen.

Two years ago, when the Franklins discovered geocaching—a type of high-tech treasure hunt—they found the ideal solution. “It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors while spending time together as a family,” says Powell. Participants use a smartphone or handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device to navigate to a hidden container called a geocache. Once they find it, they sign a logbook in the container and later go online to share their experiences. “ Read the entire article.

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