Synopses & Reviews
TVs. VCRs. Computers. Video games. Are our children being hypnotized by the unblinking eye of the small screen —whether television or computer? Most parents know —and recent studies confirm —that too much time spent watching television or playing computer games can be harmful for kids. Increased violence, poor social skills, behavioral problems, apathy, and declining test scores are all part of the problem. How do we protect our families? By getting unplugged.
Here's an easy-to-follow, 4-week program —devised by the authors and implemented with smashing success —that helps children and parents take charge of their electronic addictions. Start by taking the TV Quiz to determine how much is too much for your family. Learn how to replace hours of screen time with constructive, challenging, and, above all, fun activities everyone will enjoy. From preschoolers to teens to adults, the whole family benefits when you gain control of your television and computer habits.
A four-week program for parents to help their children cut down the amount of time they spend in front of tv and computer screens and choose better ways to use these media.
About the Author
JOAN ANDERSON is the author of the critically acclaimed Breaking the TV Habit. Her successful No-TV programs have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, and other publications.
ROBIN WILKINS is an educational television consultant who has worked on the advisory board of WNET in New York.
Table of Contents
THE PROBLEM WITH BEING PLUGGED IN.
All the World's a Screen.
Why Bother Getting Unplugged?
The Subtle Dangers of Television.
Computers and Video Games: Two Sides of the Chip.
BREAKING THE HABIT.
The Four-Week No-TV Program.
Keeping It Going with Equal-Time Activities.
More Help for the Unplugged Home.