With Bank Holiday weekends on the horizon, findings from a new survey show that traditional car games such as 'I Spy' have fallen out of fashion and are being replaced by high-tech alternatives, which are stunting children's social development.
Ahead of the Easter break and May Bank Holiday, where *54% of Brits hit the
roads, Panda Licorice asked 1,098 parents what they did these days to keep their kids entertained on long car journeys.
Portable games consoles, such as the Nintendo DS and Sony’s PSP, came in as the top entertainment devise used by 49% of the parents polled to keep their kids quiet while in the car.
Manchester Metropolitan University Psychologist Dr David Holmes said:
"Electronic distractions, such as, Nintendo DS and DVD players are not
interactive so do not help children with their social development and can
actually make them feel car sick.”
It seems the classic car game of I Spy has fallen in popularity taking just 5%
of the vote while reading a book scored just 1% - although 10% use audio-books such as Harry Potter for younger children.
The family singsong has fallen out of favour too with only 4% of parents joining their kids in renditions of ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” and other favourites.
Dr David Holmes continues: "Traditional games help children develop their social skills - diplomacy, turn-taking, loss of inhibition, listening, sharing of wit and wisdom
and ultimately building a family rapport. Games can help make the journey
interesting for all the family, and arriving may seem like a disappointment.
"I recommend playing quizzes, the Last letter game, Twenty questions and Car
registration number games."
The results showed 21% use an in-car or portable DVD player and 15% listen to a personal MP3 player such as an iPod.
The Top 10 for in car entertainment:
1. Nintendo DS
2. Sony PSP
3. In-car / portable DVD
4. MP3 / iPod
5. Audio Books
8. Number plate game
9. Last letter game
Panda Licorice spokesperson Lisa Gawthorne said: “Portable gaming systems
came out as the clear choice for in car entertainment for kids and it seems MP3
players are a popular choice for teenagers.
“Unfortunately, activities all the family can join in together have fallen in
popularity, which is a real shame as it suggests parents are interacting less
with their children.”
This supports the findings from Childwise which found that kids cram in 6 hours of screen time per day with games consoles, internet activity and MP3 players, which is building a barrier between parents and children.
One trend that remains constant and is seen as an essential part of any car
journey is a big bag of sweets. However, sugar rushes may have your kids
bouncing off the walls inside the car. Combine this with the frustration of
sitting in traffic jams and you’ll soon feel your blood pressure rising.
Panda Licorice on the other had is a fat-free, healthy treat containing all
natural ingredients and ‘no nasties’. It has been suggested licorice can help
alleviate travel sickness and the herb's key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin,
stimulates the adrenal glands to nourish and balance the body in times of
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