CHILDREN’S charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) has warned that childhood inactivity and loneliness is close to becoming a “new pandemic”.
New research carried out by YouGov for the YST has revealed that UK parents are increasingly worried their children are growing up spending too much time online and not enough time with friends or playing sport. The findings also found that 80% of parents say that cuts to PE, sport and break times in school have a negative impact on young people’s wellbeing.
To tackle this, the YST has launched Inspiring Changemakers, Building Belonging, a long-term plan to ensure that all children grow up knowing how to balance the demands of the digital age by the year 2035. It wants every young person to learn in a healthy way what belonging really feels like, and for young people to have a positive personal identity that comes from play and sport.
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