Gaming consoles replace bikes for ‘couch potato’ kids

VAST numbers of Rotherham school pupils can neither swim nor ride a bike, a shock study has found.

Tata Steel did research for their “Kids of Steel” mini-triathlons, to take place this summer, and found more than 1,500 kids, aged from six to 15, chose to spend most of their time watching telly, surfing the internet, chatting on social network sites and playing video games. But 15 per cent of them could not swim and one in 10 could not ride a bike.

One in three of the children did not own their own bike, but two thirds of them owned a mobile phone and three out of four had a gaming console.