Could you live without TV for a week?
This week I came across Screen Free Week which is a campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. It runs from 18th – 24th April 2011.
It’s the only organisation devoted solely to stopping the commercial exploitation of children.
I’d never really thought of TV in such emotive terms, but then I wouldn’t because we don’t have one. I have to admit, when I stop and think about it, being without a TV is probably one of the things I’m proudest of with our natural parenting lifestyle.
I thought we might manage a couple of years, and that would have been great, but we’ve now been without a TV for 11 years and Little Miss green has never had one in the house. I’m thrilled that when she visits friends who want to watch it, she’s ‘bored’ after a while.
Recently she has begun to watch a few things on ‘catch up’ on the computer and I wondered if she might become addicted, but she hasn’t at all. She watches half an hour and then runs outside to play. However, we bought LMG an ipod for Christmas, and that’s a post for another time 😉
Screen free week is a celebration where children, families, schools and communities spend 7 days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life.
The idea behind it is to get children and families back into the rhythms of nature. Apparently the average preschooler clocks up 32 hours a week of screen time! Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Plus, through TV children are exposed to a lot of aggressive marketing which makes them unsatisfied with their lives.
If you need any inspiration for what to do, then check out my “how to get kids outdoors‘ post for ideas on gardening, nature walks and play. If it’s indoor weather, then why not get out the board games and spend some quality family time together?
Could you go for a week without screen entertainment? Is it time to switch off the TV?
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