Kick the TV Habit!: A Simple Program for Changing Your Family's Television Viewing and Video Game Habits

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140240016
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 The Program
1 Stick 'em Up: Bringing Violence into Our Family Rooms 6
2 Children See, Children Do: Imitating TV Characters Rather than Playing for Real 8
3 One Potato, Couch Potato: The Fattening of America's Youth 10
4 At War with Words: Robbing Our Children of Time to Read 12
5 A Commercial Break: Creating Consumers: The Next Generation 14
6 Images That Hurt: Perpetuating Racial, Ethnic, Gender, and Other Stereotypes 16
7 Do You Think I'm Sexy? Misinforming Our Children About Love, Sexuality, and Relationships 18
8 "Vidiotics": Desensitizing Our Children Through Violent Video Games 20
9 First, a Word from Our Sponsor: Understanding the Prerequisites for Success 24
10 Moments of Truth: Tracking Your Family's Viewing Time 26
11 It's About Time: Establishing Viewing Goals for Your Family 28
12 Pace Yourself: Deciding on a Time Frame for Your Program 30
13 Rules to Watch By: Determining How Your TV-Reduction Program Will Work 32
14 Way to Go! Creating a Recognition System for Your Program 34
15 Scout's Honor: Monitoring Screen Time in Your House 36
16 Fun and Games: Filling the "Days of Darkness" 38
17 The Best of TV-Free Times: Getting the Most Out of TV-Free Play 40
18 Pre-Launch Considerations: Learning from Others' Experience 42
19 The TV-Reduction Partnership: Discussing the Program with Your Children 44
20 The Tube Stops Here: Modifying Your Own TV-Watching Behavior 46
21 All for One: Convincing Spouses and Partners to Get with the Program 48
22 Thanks for Your Support: Enlisting Help from Grandparents and Baby-sitters 50
23 Tradition, Tradition, Tradition! Creating Non-TV Family Rituals 52
24 "TV Was": Understanding Television WithdrAwal Syndrome 54
25 The "Nerd" Factor: Helping Your Child "Be Different" 56
26 When the Cat's Away... : Dealing with Unsanctioned Viewing 58
27 For the Next Round: Evaluating and Refining Your Program 60
28 The Media-Wise Family: Developing Critical-Viewing Skills 62
29 As the Joystick Turns: Extending Your Viewing Program to Video Games 64
30 As the Mouse Roars: Extending Your Program to Computer Games 66
31 Take It to School: Introducing a Schoolwide TV-Awareness Campaign 70
32 Be an Effective Torchbearer: Understanding How Schools Work 72
33 Do Your Homework: Developing Specific Goals for the Campaign 74
34 Plan on It: Defining the Terms of Your TV Turndown 76
35 Lights, Camera, Action! Launching Your TV Turndown 78
36 Music to Their Ears: Selling the TV-Turndown Plan to the Students 80
37 Talk About the Tube: Helping Students to Understand TV Messages 82
38 The Complete Curriculum: Jump-Starting a Schoolwide Media Literacy Campaign 84
39 Speak Up! Getting Involved in the Change Process 88
40 Grassroots Community Action: Talking Back to Your Television Set 90
41 Pass/Fail: Grading Your Local Television Station 92
Postscript: Perils and Opportunities on the Media Road Ahead 94
Sect. 2 TV-Free Activities
42 Books, Books, Books 98
43 Museum Explorations 100
44 Homemade Toys and Games 102
45 Easy Sports 104
46 Arts and Crafts 106
47 Parties and Celebrations 108
48 Performing Arts 110
49 Family Press 112
50 The Audio/Video Squad 114
51 Zany Television 116
The Media Consumer's Resource Guide 122
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