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.htmlThe adverse impacts of television especially on children cannot be ignored in todays world. As per current statistics, about66% of American people have a habit of watching TV while eating their dinner. Approximately half of the US children between 6to 17 years have a television set in their bedroom. TV is used by 70% of day care centres during a typical day.The surprising fact is that an average child in US watches 30 second commercials 20,000 times in a year! On the contrary,parents are just spending 38.5 minutes on a weekly basis in having a meaningful conversation with their children. The averageAmerican youth is spending about 28 hours (1680 minutes) on a yearly basis watching TV. The time spend in school is about900 hours per year. Another shocking fact is that an average child is spending 25 hours (1500 minutes) on a weekly basiswhich is more than a day in front of the TV set!There are quite a few constructive yet entertaining activities which families can enjoy with their children rather than sitting infront of the TV set. Some of them are visiting a zoo, listening to the radio, putting together a puzzle, organizing a communityclean-up, attending community concerts, learning to play musical instruments such as a guitar, visiting the library, go for rollerskating or ice skating, volunteering to teach reading, mathematics, computer skills etc. in a school, painting a room, a pictureor a mural etc.This infographic supports the Comet range of cheap televisions.