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According to the latest Kaiser study (released Jan 2010)
Children 8-18 are spending, on average:
(From Page 2)
4:29 hours per day watching TV
4:54 hours per day watching TV/movies
7:38 hours per day plugged into media (TV, movies, music, computer, video games, print)
These statistics mind-boggling, 7:37 hours plugged into media, of which almost 5 hours per day are spent watching TV/movies. Children are being systematically turned into addicts.
And are you addicted? One way to find out is to take a one week break. If you find it impossible, then you’ll have your answer. Even one week of media reduction is an important step forward.
For some inspiration read “Readers Respond: Is Turnoff Week A Good Idea or Is It Nobody’s Business But Yours?”
Not sure what to do? For some great inspiration see:
As with every year, this event is being sponsored by The Center for Screen-Time Awareness.
Unfortunately, because of the economic crisis they have had their budget splashed massively with consequently a huge reduction in activities.
If you would like to make a donation to support this very important endeavor, please write a check to:
Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness
and send it to: PO Box 312
South Salem, NY 10590
Not sure if this is important or not? Read “Playtime Is Over” by Dr. By DAVID ELKIND, a sobering piece on the effects of lots and lots of media and little play on kids today.
Update: here’s an excellent article in Adbusters, The End of Childhood: Children who spend more time inside than in the wilderness experience poorer health in adulthood. We must let them roam free.