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Cutting the Cord: Living TV-Free.
Frank Vespe of TV Turnoff Network – offers these tips for parents who would like to cut down on their kids’ TV time:
• Model an active lifestyle. Kids learn from your behavior, and telling them to go out and play while you plop down with the remote won’t cut it.
• Keep TV out of a child’s bedroom. Otherwise, it’s difficult to monitor what and how much TV kids watch. Plus, it means less family involvement.
Set a light tone and focus on “turning on life.” Say, “There’s a giant world of fun and interesting things to do. Let’s turn off the TV so we can do them.”
And if it’s the parents who need convincing, here are some sobering statistics compiled by the TV-Turnoff Network:
54 percent of 4-6 year olds say they would rather watch TV than spend time with their fathers;
61 percent of kids ages 8 and up have no rules about watching television;
73 percent of parents say they would like to limit their children’s TV watching;
10 or more hours of TV watching has been shown to negatively affect academic achievement;
The average child sees 200,000 violent acts on TV by age 18.
91 percent of kids say they feel upset or scared by violence on TV.
An American child sees an average of 20,000 television commercials in a year.
Ready to try a TV-free lifestyle? Read more about it in Cutting the Cord: Living TV-Free.