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Young Children’s After-School Activities - There’s More to It Than Screen Time: A Cross-Sectional Study of Young Primary School Children

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background:

    Children can spend substantial amounts of leisure time in sedentary activities, dominated by TV/screen time. However, objective real-time measurement of activities after school among young school children is seldom described.

    Methods:

    School children (n = 246, 5−7 years old, mean 6.0) and their parents were recruited by random selection from 14 schools across Sydney, Australia. Parents used a real-time objective measure (Experience Sampling Method, ESM) to record children’s activities and whether they were indoors or outdoors at 3 random times each day after school. Data were collected across 4 weekdays in 1 week and then, 13 weeks later, another 4 weekdays in 1 week.

    Results:

    Results were based on 2940 responses from 214 childparent dyads showed that 25% of behavior involved physical activity, 51% was spent in sedentary activities, and 22% was TV/ screen time. Most instances (81%) occurred indoors.

    Conclusion:

    Despite a high proportion of TV/screen time, children were also engaged in a range of other sedentary and physically active pursuits after school. Hence TV/screen time is not a suitable proxy for all sedentary behavior, and it is important to gather information on other non–screen-based sedentary and physically active behaviors. Future research is warranted to further investigate after-school activities in young primary school children.

UOW Authors


  •   Engelen, Karolina (external author)
  •   Bundy, Anita C. (external author)
  •   Bauman, Adrian E. (external author)
  •   Naughton, Geraldine A. (external author)
  •   Wyver, Shirley (external author)
  •   Baur, Louise A. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A. C., Bauman, A., Naughton, G., Wyver, S. & Baur, L. (2015). Young Children’s After-School Activities - There’s More to It Than Screen Time: A Cross-Sectional Study of Young Primary School Children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12 (1), 8-12.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3860

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 8

End Page


  • 12

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Background:

    Children can spend substantial amounts of leisure time in sedentary activities, dominated by TV/screen time. However, objective real-time measurement of activities after school among young school children is seldom described.

    Methods:

    School children (n = 246, 5−7 years old, mean 6.0) and their parents were recruited by random selection from 14 schools across Sydney, Australia. Parents used a real-time objective measure (Experience Sampling Method, ESM) to record children’s activities and whether they were indoors or outdoors at 3 random times each day after school. Data were collected across 4 weekdays in 1 week and then, 13 weeks later, another 4 weekdays in 1 week.

    Results:

    Results were based on 2940 responses from 214 childparent dyads showed that 25% of behavior involved physical activity, 51% was spent in sedentary activities, and 22% was TV/ screen time. Most instances (81%) occurred indoors.

    Conclusion:

    Despite a high proportion of TV/screen time, children were also engaged in a range of other sedentary and physically active pursuits after school. Hence TV/screen time is not a suitable proxy for all sedentary behavior, and it is important to gather information on other non–screen-based sedentary and physically active behaviors. Future research is warranted to further investigate after-school activities in young primary school children.

UOW Authors


  •   Engelen, Karolina (external author)
  •   Bundy, Anita C. (external author)
  •   Bauman, Adrian E. (external author)
  •   Naughton, Geraldine A. (external author)
  •   Wyver, Shirley (external author)
  •   Baur, Louise A. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A. C., Bauman, A., Naughton, G., Wyver, S. & Baur, L. (2015). Young Children’s After-School Activities - There’s More to It Than Screen Time: A Cross-Sectional Study of Young Primary School Children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12 (1), 8-12.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3860

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 8

End Page


  • 12

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States