Oh great. Another thing for us hypervigilant, overeducated parents to worry about. As if stranger danger and hot dogs cut horizontally instead of vertically and childhood obesity and the recommended daily allowance of Barney and whether the neighborhood sex offender is rated as level 1, 2, or 3 weren't all enough, now our children stand to suffer huge assaults to their very souls from nature-deficit disorder.
I’m glad Richard Louv, an author and columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote this book about how children prefer instant messaging to playing outside; how parents, teachers, and policy makers perhaps unwittingly keep them indoors; and what kids lose in the process.
Kelley T. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(7):718. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.7.718