Why Is Kate Middleton Worried About Her Kids?

Gone are the days when the streets were packed with kids playing, as the boom in immersive tech opened up a new virtual wormhole to get lost in. “Whether it’s watching TV, playing games on laptops and iPads or spending time on social media, recreational screen time is occupying hours of [children’s days], and has replaced outdoor play,” said Dr. Aric Sigman, who conducted a study on children’s daily habits (via Child in the City).

Kate Middleton shares that same worry. As Christmastime begins to roll around, Kate and Prince William have begun “thinking more carefully” about their gift-giving, as royal author Katie Nicholl told Ok! Magazine (via the Daily Mail). “George enjoys his iPad at school, both he and Charlotte are quite tech-savvy,” though Kate is worried they receive “too much screen time,” she revealed. “Kate is usually very strict on screen time and keeps it to a minimum,” Nicholl added, noting that she and Prince William are looking for presents that can be “used outdoors” and/or “last forever.”

And despite being the youngest of the lot, however, it seems that Prince Louis hasn’t developed an affinity for screens just yet. According to Nicholl, Louis is “happiest when exploring the grounds” of the family’s Anmer home, while all the children have “climbing frames, swings and a pond, and each of the children are in charge of their own little patch of the kitchen garden.”

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