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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C
# little champions
Poll: Do you encourage your kids to play sports?
One in five children In Ireland are overweight or obese.

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AS THE FIRST GENERATION of parents who have had to juggle technology with their kids’ fitness, it can make getting them involved in sports that little bit more difficult.

The World Health Organisation found in a report last year that the increase in the amount of time spent in front of a computer, phone or tablet was putting children’s health at risk, with two thirds spending two hours or more playing on these.

The end result is that the majority of kids unfortunately aren’t getting the recommended level of exercise each day, within the study that considered 200,000 kids in 42 different countries over 12 years.

Similarly, a study by University College London found that children who have TVs in their bedrooms are far more likely to be overweight.

What might help is the fact that this year, PE is set to become a Leaving Cert subject. With the education system doing what it can to keep our kids active, what can we do at home?

Let us know in the comments what has been your experience with keeping your kids active. Is it difficult to pry the tablet from their hands, or do they adore playing outside?

So, tell us, do you encourage your kids play sports?

Poll Results:

I do, and they love playing (193)
I do but they are reluctant (45)
I don't as I don't want to force it on them (18)
I don't know (9)

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