ONCE-popular gifts like bikes, skateboards and rollerblades are slipping down kids’ Christmas lists, a study has found. A poll of 2,000 parents revealed just one in 10 children has asked for a new bike or skateboard from Santa, and only one in 20 have requested rollerblades. Instead, consoles and games, Lego and smartphones are among the top items on children’s wish-lists. Kids’ obsession with high-tech gadgets is leaving parents fearing they will have a struggle on their hands trying to prise their children away from screens and get them outdoors. It also emerged seven in 10 mums and dads claim their little ones spend too much time indoors during the festive period. In fact, two thirds of parents polled by multi-sports retailer, Decathlon said their offspring will only really step outside to visit family over Christmas. One in 10 even admit that their children don’t venture out of the house at all for a week or more during the Christmas break. Peter Lazarus, cycling manager at Decathlon said: “It’s not uncommon for children to be inactive during the festive period. “They have toys to play with, films to watch and games consoles – plenty to keep them entertained without braving… Read full this story
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