Kids Just Can’tTurn Off The TVNational TV Turnoff WeekComes To An End16-22 SeptToday marks the end of National TV Turnoff Week (16-22 Sept)in the US. Let’s see why this day has risen to prominence in recent years.66%Percent of Americans 50% Percent of 70% Percent of dayregularly watch children aged care centers usetelevision while 6-17 have TVs in TV during aeating dinner. their bedrooms. typical day. 20,000 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average childNumber of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversationwith their children 38.5 mins N E D U I T N FR SA TU TH WE MO SUHours per year the average American youth watches television 1,680 mins N E D U I T N FR SA TH TU WE MO SUHours per year the average American youth spends in school 900 hours JAN C B R R Y JUN JUL G P T V MA OC DE AU MA AP NO SE FENumber of minutes per week that the average child watches television 1,500 hours JAN B R R Y JUN JUL G P T V C MA OC DE AU NO MA AP SE FESome alternative activities for children and families Volunteer in a school to teach reading, Visit the library. Borrow a book. math, computer skills. Attend library activties. Learn to play the guitar or other Go ice skating or roller skating. musical instrument. Attend community concerts. Listen to the radio. Organize a community clean-up. Visit the zoo. Put together a puzzle. Paint a picture, a mural or a room. www.turnoffyourtv.com/turnoffweek/TV.turnoff.week.htmlFree from TV week!Does it sound quite challenging to be free from TV for a full week? Ironically, parents fail to notice the detrimental impact oftelevision on their children during the recent times.Let us have a look at a few eye-popping statistics:1. In United Sates, 66% of the people during dinner time like to watch television2. TV is used in any typical day by approximately 70% of day care centers3. A television can be found in the bedrooms of about 50% of US children who are aged between 6 years to 17 years4. About 1500 minutes (weekly) is spent by an average child staring at the TV screen which is surprisingly higher than the timespend in attending schools which is 900 hours/year (i.e. approximately 1038 minutes weekly)!5. Children and parents are having constructive and meaningful conversation for just around 38.5 minutes weekly which isless than an hour!6. On a yearly basis, an average American youth is watching television for about 1680 minutes which is more than a day7. About 20,000; 30 second commercials are being watched by American children every year.Rather than sitting at home and watching television, families can have a great time with their children byengaging in a few interesting activities which listed below:1. Teaching computer skills, reading, maths or any other subject at school by volunteering for the same2. Putting together puzzles which stimulates the brain3. Visiting zoos4. Playing a guitar, flute, piano or any other musical instrument5. Roller or ice skating6. Listening to radio7. Attending community concerts8. Organizing and participating in community clean-up9. Painting rooms, mural, pictures etc.You can use the link to find cheap televisions that have security settings to control what your child watches.