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TV-Turnoff Week

This April, millions of kids and adults around the world will turn off their televisions and find out what life can be like without TV. 

It seems especially appropriate that TV-Turnoff Week falls during the same month as the Week of the Young Child (April).  Young children need lots of positive attention from the adults in their lives for their brains, emotions, and bodies to develop to their full potential.  Television robs families of just this kind of interaction by taking the place of normal adult-child contact and family activities. 

Hundreds of research studies have been done on TV and how it affects our kids.  From these studies we know that:

This, from the Center for Screen-Time Awareness:

‘TV-Turnoff Week Works!

According to hundreds of responses to our TV-Turnoff Week follow-up surveys, 90 percent of responding participants reduced their TV-viewing as a result of participating.

Sound like fun? It is! Join thousands of parents, teachers, pediatricians and other families by celebrating TV-Turnoff Week 2002 this April 22-28.

TV-Turnoff Week is supported by over 70 national organizations including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, and President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

"I really didn't like TV-Turnoff Week except that I did notice that my grades went up and I was in a good mood all week." - Second grader Drew Henderson, Donora, PA’

For more information related to TV-Turnoff Week:

Give it a try in your family: for a week in April, turn off your TV and turn on LIFE! 

~Kyla Boyse, R.N.
April 2002


[1] Roberts DF, Foehr UG, Rideout V.  Generation M:  media in the lives of 8-18 year-olds.  Kaiser Family Foundation.  March 2005.

[2] Roberts, 2005.


Updated March 2010
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