The Daily Mail is reporting that according to one academic, children are now three times more likely to end up in hospital because they have fallen out of bed rather than out of a tree.
Dame Fiona Reynolds, master of Emmanuel College at Cambridge University, believes parents in Britain need to rethink their children’s experiences as youngsters no longer have room to run around and play.
She said: ‘We have to think hard about the kind of society we’re creating for the future.
‘We think we’ve sorted out problems of deep poverty and deprivation but there’s something else we’re missing: access to nature.’
She warned: ‘We’ve lost the area over which we let our children roam free by 90 per cent in a generation.
‘Two thirds have less space to run around in than free range hens. A child today is three times more likely to go to hospital for falling out of bed than for falling out of a tree. This is about saying, “what kind of childhood experience do we want our children to have?”.’
She said: ‘If we’re not bringing up our children to love nature and to experience the beauty of nature we are exposing future generations to even greater risks than we have suffered. We have to do things differently.’