Turn OFF The TV. Turn ON Life.

Here are some alternatives to watching TV and playing video games.
  • Take the dog for a walk.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Visit a local park.
  • Read a book
  • Draw or do an art project
  • Learn a craft--crochet, friendship bracelets, wood working.
  • Go to the library.
  • Help a neighbor.
  • Cook dinner together.
  • Look at the stars.
  • Go skating.
  • Plant a garden, even if it’s just a few plants in a pot.
  • Unplug and play—have family game nights.
  • Invite another family over to play games.
Facts and Figures from the Center for Screen Time Awareness
•    Time per day the TV is on in average American household: 7 hours, 40 minutes
•    Time per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5 minutes
•    Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked, would rather watch TV than spend time with their fathers: 54
•    Percentage of children ages 8-16 who have a TV in their bedroom: 56
•    Number of TV commercials viewed by American children a year: 40,000
•    Number of violent acts the average American child see on TV by age 18: 200,000

Turn Off the TV Week, the 3rd week in April, is a national campaign to encourage people to turn off their TVs, recreational computers and electronic games for seven days. This week is a chance to read, be more physically active, converse, think, create and do, rather than view.  By taking a week off from screens, families can evaluate the role that screens play in their lives and reclaim time for family, community and health.