… and they start to participate in organized leisure activities at a younger age.
A new study explores changes in children’s play, through changes in participation in three different out-of-home leisure activities during the last decade in Norway as well as the interactions between these activities.
The study finds that there has been an increase in the share of children who participate in organized leisure activities; that they start to participate at a younger age; and that the intensity of participation in organized leisure activities has increased.
The study also finds that there has been a decrease both in the extent of unsupervised play outdoors and in the degree to which children visit friends’ houses. A key empirical finding is that there is a strong positive association between participation in organized leisure activities and, respectively, the extent of unsupervised outdoor play and visits to friends.
The study is based on two nationally representative samples of children aged 6-12 years and their parents from 2005 and 2013/14 and it was recently published in Children’s Geographie.
Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), Norway