Getting kids away from technology and into local parks

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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – With the weather finally warm, many people say kids should get off of their devices and onto a playground.

“Go outside and play they used to say,” Ingham County Parks Director Tim Morgan said. “My mom would always say that.”

Kathy Taylor is this boy’s caretaker. She says it’s important for kids to get outside and play.

“They learn a lot when they’re outside and the social skills. Um they need that exercise which is really important,” Taylor said.

Ingham County Parks Director Tim Morgan agrees.

“You’re getting physical exercise,” Morgan said. “You’re recreating your mind body and spirit by just being in the great outdoors.”

He also says there are so many sights to see, from wild flowers along the trails to migratory birds.

“It’s a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everything and all this technology,” Morgan said.

Before all this technology was so consuming, Kathy Taylor remembers her childhood well.

“When I was younger we were outside from sun up to sundown,” Taylor said. “I think that we need to get back to more of that for the kids these days.”

Whether fishing, or just swinging on swings, she says the parks aren’t as full as they should be.

“I know it’s still a school day but even the younger ones his age and stuff are not you know out and about like they should be,” Taylor said.

But for those who are outside today, “It’s food for the soul, to hear the birds sing, to smell the different smells that are in the out of doors,” Morgan said.

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