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HuffPost Table Talk: Limiting TV Time

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Every week, editors at The Huffington Post highlight a story that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

This week, we learned that SpongeBob, representing a certain vein of fast-paced children’s television, is bad for little brains. Or wait, is it only causing problems for little brains of children under six? However you interpret this much-discussed study out of Northwestern, it’s another reason why to find something else to do (books, anyone?) instead of channel-surfing. And, we don’t just mean watching more educational programming on an iPad. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should only one or two hours of quality programming daily.

So, with 27 new shows starting this Fall, Gossip Girl coming back, Dance Moms being utterly addictive (yes, to us too), where do you draw the line? This week, let’s talk about screen time – how much is too much and are there ways to make the most of it?

* What are the rules in your house when it comes to “screen-time”? How is it different at your friends’ houses?
* If you could pick one TV show to watch a week, what would it be? Why?
* What do you think the benefits of TV are?
* What are the downsides to watching TV?
* Could you go an entire week without TV?

 

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