Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5
Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV's in their bedrooms: 50
Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
Activities for the Family:
Volunteer in a school to teach reading, math, computer skills.
Learn to play the guitar or other musical instrument.
Attend community concerts.
Organize a community clean-up.
Put together a puzzle.
Visit the library. Borrow a book. Attend library activities.
Go ice skating or roller skating.
Listen to the radio.
Visit the zoo.
Paint a picture, a mural or a room.
Attend a high school sporting event.
Find out about your area's community center or park's activities.
Go swimming. Join a community swim team.
Read a book aloud to your younger sister/brother.
Plan a picnic or barbecue.
Go bird watching.
Volunteer for a community organization or charity.
Play with your pet.
Write a letter to a friend or relative.
Learn to cook.
Plant a flower, vegetable or herb garden.
Read magazines or newspapers.
Plan a slumber party.
Start a neighborhood basketball, soccer, or kickball game.
Go camping (even if it's just in the backyard!).
Join a choir.
Go through your closets and clothes. Donate surplus items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local rummage sale.
Start a diary/journal.
Go to a museum.
Take a nature hike. Collect seeds and leaves. Make a collage with the materials you collected and post it on the refrigerator.
Start a community exercise group that power walks, runs, or bikes.
Read a story to your younger brother or sister.
Get out the family photo album. Research your family history.
Go listen to a local band.
Make crafts to give as gifts.
Make up a story and write it down.
Learn to say simple phrases in a few different languages.
Ask an older family member to tell you a story about his or her childhood. Write about it.
Learn some new riddles or jokes.
Bake two batches of cookies; one for your family and one for a neighbor.
Watch the night sky through binoculars; identify the different constellations. Observe the moon.
Visit a local bookstore.
Go to a movie with your family or friends.
Walk to work or school.
Start a kids bowling league.
Train for a 5K race.
Teach a neighbor about a computer program.
Begin a family project.
HAVE A PARTY TO CELEBRATE A TV-FREE WEEK.