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Table 3 Key findings and implications for behaviour change programs

From: Parents’ perspectives of change in child physical activity & screen-viewing between Y1 (5-6) & Y4 (8-9) of primary school: implications for behaviour change

Finding Implication for behaviour change programmes
Physical activity interests change as children age, moving from free-play to structured activities Identify times in day to promote physical activity and flex the content to match changes in interest
Parental influence on PA and SV becomes less overt – more about facilitation, support and modelling Need to develop parental facilitation skills and encourage parents to model the behaviours that they wish their child to adopt
Children want increased licence for both physical activity and sedentary time as they age Provide children with a range of nearby PA options to encourage participation with friends and independent mobility without parent support – explore this in next year’s interviews?
Develop ways to encourage children to use increased licence to engage in active options as opposed to sedentary screen options
Devices and technology constantly evolve Develop a shared family view on screen-viewing that is focussed on the time / setting and not the device
Child knows more about screen-viewing devices than parent Encourage child to share knowledge with parent to build shared understanding of the technology and how to use it
Screen-viewing interests change Develop key principles for screen-viewing that can adapt as interests change
  1. PA Physical Activity
  2. SV Screen-viewing