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SELECTED OTHER ACTIVITIES
While participation rates were similar for boys and girls for some leisure activities (watching television, DVDs and videos, and homework or other study) they varied for others. Boys were more likely to take part in other screen-based activities (87%) compared to 80% for girls, riding a bike (boys 66% compared with girls 54%) and skateboarding, rollerblading or riding a scooter (boys 56% compared with girls 42%). On the other hand, girls were more likely to participate in reading for pleasure (80%) and art and craft activities (60%) than boys (65% and 37% respectively). (Table 17)
Children spent on average (outside of school hours) 17 hours watching television, DVDs and videos, and 11 hours doing other screen based activities in the two school weeks prior to interview. In comparison, children spent an average of 7 hours on reading for pleasure and homework, 6 hours riding skateboards, rollerblading or riding scooters, and 5 hours riding bikes and doing art and craft activities. (Table 18)
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