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Say No to the Tube During TV-Turnoff Week, April 25-May 1

4/21/2005:   To encourage families to pull the plug on their tubes and talk with their children, the TV-Turnoff Network is sponsoring its 11th TV-Turnoff Week, April 25-May 1. CWLA is proud to be a supporting organization once again this year.

Letting household televisions cool down is not only a good way to promote family time, it encourages reading and other academic pursuits among children and promotes a healthier, more active lifestyle. Pulling children away from the television also can help prevent violence and other antisocial behavior. Consider, for example:
  • The average American child views 200,000 acts of violence on TV by age 18.

  • Ninety-one percent of children polled said they felt upset or scared by violence on television.

  • Ten percent of youth violence is directly attributable to TV viewing.
In its first year, TV-Turnoff Week attracted some 1 million participants and support from nine organizations. In 2004, more than 17,000 organizers inspired an estimated 7.6 million people to participate. To learn more about TV-Turnoff Week, including screen-free activities to do with children, visit www.tvturnoff.org.

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