Q: The TV is always on at our house! I like to do other activities with the children, but I just can’t pull everyone away from the TV. What is the appropriate amount of time to spend watching TV each day, and how can I get my family interested in other activities?
A: The solution to your dilemma can be summed up in three words: Turn it off! Countless studies testify to the detrimental effects of too much TV exposure, especially on children. It places them at higher risk for obesity, smoking, learning difficulties, and being bullied.
There’s also the issue of content. Whether through advertising or depictions of sex and violence, it’s likely your children are receiving messages that you don’t want them to hear.
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