Think about your own children, or your nieces or nephews. How much time do they spend playing on the latest gaming devices, a Playstation 4, or maybe an Xbox One? My guess is quite a lot.
Even more likely, how much time do they spend sat in front of a Television? My guess is even more.
In fact, the statistics would back me up. Here's the ones that matter:
- In 2014, 46% of children had a Television in there bedrooms. 41% of them had a gaming console.
- 7 in 10 children use Tablets on a daily basis.
- 40% of children ages 5-15 own a mobile phone.
- On average, children spend 14.6 hours a week watching TV.
- According to research from KIDWISE, the average child between 5-16 spends 6 ½ hours a day on media devices.
- 60% of parents think their children know more about technology than they do.
These are some pretty alarming numbers, especially when you compare them to the ones below:
- In 2013, 16% of boys and 15% of girls between the ages of 2-15 were medically classified as OBESE.
- The recommended amount of physical activity per day is 60 minutes for children aged 5-16. Only 15% of girls and 21% boys in 2012 said they achieved this.
- 48% of boys, 38% of girls participate in formal sport at least once a week.
- However only 34% of those participate in competitive sport outside of school PE sessions.
Now these figures are not mutually exclusive to one another. There will be plenty of children who spend lots of time playing playstation or watching TV, who also participate in sport on a regular basis. However the main conclusion that can be drawn is that not enough children are exercising. Too many are spending there time sat on the sofa, engrossed in the nearest screen they can put in front of them.
Well as part of our Back To School campaign, Martial Arts Near You is vowing to combat this! We want to get more bums off seats and into the Dojos.
Why Martial Arts?
Your average PE session at school teaches the likes of football, rugby or netball. Now it's not that these aren't great fun, but if you can learn that at school, why not try something a little different outside of it?
Martial Arts is a fun way to get your kids active and it can teach valuable life skills. There are so many types of Martial Art, right through from Taekwondo, to Boxing, to Brazilian Ju Jitsu and there is definitely something for everyone.
Martial Arts improves your strength, co-ordination and your perceptual awareness. It also is a great way to teach discipline and concentration and these are two skills that can prove pivotal in later life. It'll help to grow confidence and importantly will teach them how to defend themselves. Whilst you'd like to think a child would never be in danger, it does happen and knowing self defence can make a huge difference.
It's also a great way to blow off steam. There is no denying the importance of education, but sitting down all day can leave many children feeling a bit frustrated and fidgety. They can see the playground out the window and just want to burn off some energy. So instead of going home, collapsing down on their bed and turning on their Playstation, they could be going to their local Martial Arts club and learning how to throw their friend over their shoulder! Honestly, it's just as fun as it sounds.
How Do I Find A Class?
Once you've decided that your child is ready for a Martial Arts class, then finding one is a piece of cake! On Martial Arts Near You, we have hundreds of instructors and clubs listing their Martial Arts classes and they're always on the look out for new students.
To find a class, simply use the class locater tool on our website homepage. Enter your postcode and you can find classes in your neighbourhood. Get in touch with the instructors and find out a little more about what the class involves. If you're wondering what you might need to think about, have a look at our previous article on how to find a Martial Arts Club.
(Statistics within this article were sourced from OFCOM's “2014 Children's report" and HSCIC's 2015 report; “Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet", unless stated otherwise)