Last Child in the Woods

Nature is full of beautiful sites that people enjoy seeing. If the outdoors is so amazing then why do children tend to stay inside instead of going outside? Today’s children enjoy playing video games more than going out running in the forest because it brings them more excitement. Some children don’t like getting their hands dirty, so they like video games more than the outdoors. There are many beautiful things to see outside rather than that plain old TV screen. By allowing your child to stay inside daily, it can and will have effects on the child’s outdoor experience.

Children should go outside and play while they are still youthful, because they will not be a young age forever. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv makes many connections to the readers by exploring a child that is watching TV in a SUV instead of going outdoors. “Why do so many Americans say they want their children to watch less TV, yet continue to expand the opportunities for them to watch it”(Lovu 64)? Is everyone just all talk, or will they actually enforce rules upon their children?

This quote reminds me of my Aunt telling me how her children watch TV more in the car rather than looking out the window. This surprised me because I thought her children would like to see the outdoors. My Aunt has now forced her children to go outside for at least an hour every day, but what does that help if they come back in and sit down right in front of the TV? My Aunt now limits the amount of TV her children are allowed to watch, and she encourages the children to stay outside.

If everyone was to put limits to the amount of TV watched by children, I think more children would be in the great outdoors discovering the world. Louv has acquired great information over his lifespan, from his many jobs and books written. The passage we read is Louv’s seventh work of art. Louv was a columnist for the San Diego newspaper between 1984 and 2007. He has been a member of the editorial advisory board for Parents Magazine and a Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World award program adviser. He also was an adviser for the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He currently is honorary co-chair of The National Forum on Children and Nature.

He has been awarded the Audubon Medal and he has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. Louv has appeared on many TV shows for all the hard work he has done with children and nature. He was also on TV for all the books he has written, but the most known book of his is the Last Child in the Woods.

Louv was even on ABC’s Good Morning America once, discussing this book. Louv was the keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. He has all the knowledge someone would need to know to be able to write about nature and children. By Louv being a part of Ford Motor Company he understood while children watch TV instead of looking outside their car window at nature. Louv says Ford makes cars with TV’s inside them to make the children feel more at home. Louv is a very accomplished writer, and knows what he writes about thoroughly.

With Louv working at Ford, he has gained knowledge by seeing the effects of children watching TV in cars. “She settled on a Mercedes SUV, with a Global Positioning System: just tap in your destination and the vehicle not only provides a map on the dashboard screen, but talks you there. But she knew where to draw the line” (Louv 63). The quote states that when Louv was working at Ford, he saw the many differences in the generations of people’s cars. The lady who he mentions in the quote did not want TV’s in the car. She wanted the child to enjoy the car by watching the surroundings.

The lady didn’t want the TV to be the center of the child’s life; she would rather have her child watch TV at home. By TV’s being in cars it can cause the child to not pay attention to the road which doesn’t give their parents the satisfaction of having eyes to see the blindside of cars. On the opposite side a TV might help parents by keeping the children entertained and not causing a wreck. As Louv seen himself, not everyone will think the same, so their probably will always be cars with TV’s and also cars without TV’s.

In Last Child in the Woods, Louv shows us that he understands all the little details about children not getting the right amount of time needed outside to have a normal childhood. Louv believes that children watching TV in cars are taking the time away from them seeing the great outdoors. “But for a century, children’s early understanding of how cities and nature fit together was gained from a backseat: the empty farmhouse at the edge of the subdivision; the variety of architecture, her and there; the woods and fields and water beyond the seamy edges-all that was and is still available to the eye” (Louv 64).

By reading the passage it shows that people don’t go out to see nature as much because of TV’s being placed everywhere they go. TV’s are affecting more and more children each day. In conclusion Louv shows us how children are beginning to be affected by electronics every day. Children now want to stay inside instead of exploring the great outdoors. Louv understands and explains to us what causes a child to want to stay inside. Work Cited Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin of Chapel Hill, 2005. Print.