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Getting Unplugged: Take Control of Your Family's Television, Video Game, and Computer Habits
     

Getting Unplugged: Take Control of Your Family's Television, Video Game, and Computer Habits

by Joan Anderson, Robin Wilkins
 

TVs. VCRs. Computers. Video games. Are our children being hypnotized by the unblinking eye of the small screen —whether television or computer? Most parents know —and recent studies confirm —that too much time spent watching television or playing computer games can be harmful for kids. Increased violence, poor social skills, behavioral problems,

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TVs. VCRs. Computers. Video games. Are our children being hypnotized by the unblinking eye of the small screen —whether television or computer? Most parents know —and recent studies confirm —that too much time spent watching television or playing computer games can be harmful for kids. Increased violence, poor social skills, behavioral problems, apathy, and declining test scores are all part of the problem. How do we protect our families? By getting unplugged.

Here's an easy-to-follow, 4-week program —devised by the authors and implemented with smashing success —that helps children and parents take charge of their electronic addictions. Start by taking the TV Quiz to determine how much is too much for your family. Learn how to replace hours of screen time with constructive, challenging, and, above all, fun activities everyone will enjoy. From preschoolers to teens to adults, the whole family benefits when you gain control of your television and computer habits.

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Children's Literature - Patricia Timbrook
More than a book about the pros and cons of television, Anderson and Wilkins reveal what and where the electronic-addicting "nooks and crannies" are, provide a 4-week program for getting unplugged, and offer a variety of fun and rewarding activities to replace dwelling in the alpha state of mind. This self-help book, written on the premise that parents can and should take control of television watching, validates itself by citing proven studies and opinions from professionals. One of those professionals, psychologist Chuck Eaton, asks the reader, "Have you ever really looked at a child in front of the tube? The poor thing looks like he's had the child knocked out of him. It's unnatural for a child, until he is about seven, to be anything but active and busy." Though mirroring the sad status of mainstream American families, this book can be a happy well-spring for parents, a catalyst to aid them in pulling the plug on their family's electronic addictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471178897
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/20/1998
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

JOAN ANDERSON is the author of the critically acclaimed Breaking the TV Habit. Her successful No-TV programs have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, and other publications.

ROBIN WILKINS is an educational television consultant who has worked on the advisory board of WNET in New York.

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