I hope TV Turn-Off Week is going well for you and your families. Is it quieter around the house? Are the kids playing more, reading more…maybe even listening more?
According to Shari Barkin, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee, better listening may be one of the first things parents notice after several TV-free days. She also says that “when children are exposed to fewer stimuli — eliminating the noise and distraction that comes with TV — the easier it is to stay focused on the task at hand.”
For more on TV, kids, and TV Turn-Off Week, including the reaction of a 10 year-old, please read the transcript or listen to the recording of an NPR story that was on Morning Edition this morning: TV-Turnoff Week: Helping Parents Pull the Plug.