I've been reading the book The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computer and Family Life, and in it, Marie Winn makes a wonderful case for greatly restricting or eliminating television viewing. Ms. Winn discusses television's appeal to both children and parents, and examines the negative behavioral, physical and social consequences of excessive television viewing.
She also shares ideas for "natural controls" we can use to make TV less appealing and convenient. Among those ideas are:
- Place your TV set in a room where it is out of sight and inconvenient to use.
- Use a small television set that has poor reception, sound or picture.
- Reduce the number of TV sets you own.
- Don't place television sets in children's bedrooms.
- Cancel cable to limit the number of channels and shows available.
- Participate in a turnoff event or stage one for your family.
Follow this link to learn more about the The Plug-In Drug.