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 following Free from TV Infographic was prepared for National TV Turnoff Week and reveals many statistics that may shockyou. It also lists several other activities that could be undertaken instead of watching TV.Medical experts have long expressed concern about the growing trend of high obesity rates amongst children. This problem isnot just down to poor dietary choice. A major factor in childrens weight gain is the relative lack of physical activity.Many children no longer take part in activity sports. The modern child is much more likely to spend a significant portion of hisor her spare time sprawled in front of the TV screen.Apart from the health considerations associated with the lack of physical activity, there are other negative aspects to childrenbeing exposed to too much TV, like continual exposure to child-targeted advertisements.The Free from TV Infographic certainly provides plenty of facts that concerned parents might want to keep in mind.For a range of cheap security-ready televisions, click through!