Stories about: TV Turn-off Week

Time to turn off the tube

Did you know that each day the average family spends 4 to 5 hours in front of the television—but only 35 minutes in meaningful conversation?

That’s pretty sad. Add to that the fact that television viewing has been linked with obesity, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, desensitization to violence and sexualized behavior, and shutting it off starts to sound like a really good idea.

That’s exactly what the American Academy of Pediatrics would like families to do this week, from September 19 to 25, during the annual Turnoff Week. It’s not just TV the AAP wants you to turn off—it’s all screens.  That means computers and video games, too.

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