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Fishing TV Survey Results - Life skills Dads no longer teach their Children

Fishing TV
April 24 2018


How to read a map, how to fish and how to polish shoes, are just some of the life skills modern dads are no longer teaching their children, according to a new study.

Researchers took an in depth look into the things the nation's fathers do and - more importantly don’t - teach their children, with lighting a fire safely, playing conkers and even riding a bike making the list of skills that we’re not teaching the younger generation with some skills falling by the wayside.

In fact, the data revealed that according to the nation’s dads, 60 percent of children would rather play computer games than venture outdoors, with a further 53 percent of British fathers saying they have never taken their children fishing.

A further 36 percent of modern youngsters have never been camping, 15 percent have never taught their children to tie their own shoe laces and a further 45 percent have never shown their youngster how to repair a puncture on a bike.

Three in ten have never shown their son or daughter how to tie a tie, while 29 percent have never demonstrated how to buff and polish a pair of shoes.

Almost four in ten fathers admitted they simply don’t have time to teach skills or play with their children, with 68 percent of those saying their own dad was more “hands on” when it came to passing on life lessons.

Ed Burgass, Commercial Director for Fishing TV, who commissioned the study of 1000 dads to mark the launch of World Fishing Day, said: 

“The survey has revealed some really interesting insights into the things we teach – and more importantly – don’t teach our children. As the study has shown families are no longer fishing together like they once did. As a child, I went fishing with my father regularly and some of my fondest memories are from the river bank. As someone whose second child arrived last week, this is something that I am keen to pass on to future generations. By holding our upcoming World Fishing Day, Fishing TV’s ultimate goal is to bring more people into the sport of angling, particularly women and children, whilst also shedding a light on the conservation issues surrounding fishing and highlighting fishing’s power to improve people’s lives around the world.”

World Fishing Day, which will take place on 23rd June 2018, will consist of a network of community fishing events and a free-to-air 24-hour live fishing broadcast from around the world.

The data also revealed 83 percent of dads said they would love to spend more time with their children doing outdoors activities, however 60 percent admit they would struggle to get their children out of the house and away from the games console.

Three in ten dads (31 percent) say they have tried to get their children interested in the same pastimes they enjoyed when they were young but to no avail, in fact according to 48 percent say they often row with their partner over the lack of time their children spend outdoors.

World Fishing Day Saturday June 23rd 2018

41 percent of dads say they are often embarrassed by their youngsters’ lack of practical life skills.

Over half of the men polled (57 percent) accept that their children need to have an understanding of technology, but they hoped they would still have a desire to learn and enjoy less tech focussed pastimes.

However, an ever-hopeful 87 percent of dads said that they plan to switch off the TV, unplug the games console, hide the tablets and laptops and get their children into the great outdoors this summer.


  • How to build a tree house
  • How to make a catapult
  • How to fish
  • Going crabbing
  • How to repair a puncture on a bike
  • How to use a compass
  • Catch tadpoles
  • How to light a fire
  • Look at the stars through a telescope
  • How to read a map
  • Play Pooh sticks
  • How to identify birds
  • How to put up a tent
  • Learn the countryside code
  • How to grow vegetables
  • Know different types of trees
  • Play football in the local park with jumpers for goals posts
  • How to tie a tie
  • How to polish shoes
  • To know about the birds and the bees
  • How to wash a car
  • How to build a den
  • How to play conkers
  • Make a daisy chain
  • How to make a good cup of tea
  • How to skim a stone
  • Learn the importance of money
  • How to whistle
  • How to swim
  • How to tie a good knot