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Any parents of a child aged 9-14?

post #1 of 8
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Hi everyone,
New member here! biggrin.gif

I'm a Product Design major and am doing some research for a class. I have to do some interviews, and need to talk to some parents (or their kids) who are aged 9-14. The subject is on keeping children active, and trying to figure out what kids around this age do (and don't do) to be active. 

If anyone could help me out with this, it would be SUPER helpful. And even better would be if you are in the SoCal area and we could meet in person (this wouldn't be for a few more weeks) - I can give you my school ID, facebook, whatever you want to know that I am who I say and not a creep. BUT if you only have online input to give, it would still be extremely appreciated. 

Because yeah, trying to interview 9 year olds on the playground might raise some eyebrows - I'd rather meet some friendly people on here! smile.gif 


post #2 of 8

Have you tried the Child Development or Education departments at your Uni? 

post #3 of 8

My oldest two are 11 and 9.

post #4 of 8

I'm on the wrong side of the country and don't want to do an interview but I'm willing to give my 2 cents. 


My 11 yo is one of those somewhat typical boys who plays computer games a ton. And he is not at all interested in anything sports like. The things that help him be more active involve other people. They say that the thing that influences a child's activity level the most is how active their friends are. That is definitely the case for my ds. For my ds, it is all about interaction. Non-screen multi-player toys are good for his activity level if he can find someone to play with. Things like nerf guns and laser tag are like real life multiplayer computer games to him and cause him to get some good exercise. Outdoor toys for exploring nature (nets for catching critters in streams or bugs) means he has fun longer outside and that results in more activity. Model rockets are cool and involve a lot of retrieval (running across fields). Same with remote control toys. He doesn't mind going for walks if his dad comes and they can have an interesting conversation. He used to like bike riding but is bored riding around the neighborhood with me.


For us, the trick is finding ways to be active without friends and while being inside. Because of weather, mosquitoes, and allergies, ds is inside most of the time. And if he is inside, he's likely using the computer. I'm not about to buy a gaming system like a wii fit as they are too expensive and the available games don't seem to interest ds much. They seem like they would appeal to kids who would be outside playing sports if they weren't inside playing the active video games. But they aren't more interesting to my ds than something like Minecraft so he wouldn't choose an active video game over his usual computer ones. 

post #5 of 8

I have an 12 yr old.  He prefers to be inside.  Keep in mind we live where its VERY HOT.  DS loves swim team because that 'sport' isn't social by nature.  Its basically, show up, swim your laps, its you vs the clock.  DS is 'typical' in the sense he is homeschooled, he loves the library, he reads about 1000 pages (yes 1k) pages of free reading a week.  He has a nintendo handheld and the laptop.  He is learning how to program and do video design.


When the weather is cooler (probably Dec, Jan and possibly Feb) we will get to the parks and mountains for some hiking and exploring.


DS has severe asthma and swim team is the one thing he can enjoy.  I also will not purchase a Wii or Xbox 360, DS has no interest in those types of games.  He much prefers the traditional Mario games etc.

post #6 of 8

I have a 9 YO DD and a 13 YO DS and I live in San Diego.  PM me if I can help.

post #7 of 8

I have a 10yo girl who plays two different sports.  I'm in North Carolina so quite a distance from California.  I'd be willing to "talk" via private message and would prefer to know a little more (school affiliation, etc.) about the project.

post #8 of 8

I have a 10 1/2 yo. I'd be happy to answer any questions but no, you can't interview him. ;)

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