Could You Turn Your TV Off for a Day?



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What about for a week?

Well, in support of Turn OFF Your TV Week April 20-26, I'm going to give it a try. My husband is already complaining about his desperate need to see the NBA playoffs (and, okay, maybe we'll make an exception there for him). But I'm going to try not to make an exception for Noggin, the news or anything in between. With the television off, our family will inevitably spend more quality time together and that's the whole friggin' point.

Conversation, music, laughter--remember that stuff?


I can see how turning the television off, even for a day, is a powerful way to show children that placing too much value on TV is overrated. If you need more convincing, has some startling facts about the TV habits of Americans and their effect on children. Pretty unbelievable stuff...

  • Average time per week that the American child ages 2-17 spends watching television: 19 hours, 40 minutes
  • Number of violent acts the average American child sees on TV by age 18: 200,000
  • Percentage of children polled who said they felt "upset" or "scared"by violence on television: 91
  • Number of TV commercials viewed by American children a year: 20,000
  • Number of ads aired for "junk food" during four hours of Saturday morning cartoons: 202
  • Percentage of children ages 8-16 who have a TV in their bedroom: 56
  • Chance that an American parent requires children to do their homework before watching TV: 1 in 12
  • Percentage of total television time that children older than 7 spend without their parents: 95
  • Percentage of children 8 and up who have no rules about watching TV: 61
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900
  • Hours per year the average American youth watched television: 1,023

Truth time! Does your family watch too much TV? Could you turn your TV off for a day, a week, a month?!

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