- Read to the kids your favorite book
- Paper mache balloons for masks
- Plant a flower garden
- Clean out the toy closet
- Sleep out
- Learn to crochet
- Write a letter to the President
- Go to the Library
- Have running races
- Play catch
- Watch for birds, identify as many as you can
- Watch for bees, how many kinds are there
- Take pictures but don’t upload for the week! Remember film?
- Tell stories
- Play dress-up
- Climb trees
- Go fishing
- Dig for worms
- Make play dough with flour
- Cook a meal with the kids as chefs in training
- Plan and start a project you can enter in your county fair
- Make certificates for yourselves for accomplishing Screen-Free Week 2012!
ABOUT TV & OTHER MEDIA
CHILDREN LEARN FROM THE MEDIA IS TO TALK TO THEM
ABOUT WHAT THEY SEE. HAVE A GIVE-AND-TAKE
DISCUSSION INSTEAD OF A LECTURE WHERE
YOU GIVE THE ANSWERS.
By listening and asking questions, you can learn children’s
perceptions, fears, and misconceptions. Then you can offer ideas
on how to deal with their concerns and expand their thinking.
Here are some suggestions for how to talk with children about
what they see on TV and in other media.
TALK ABOUT YOUR REACTIONS TO WHAT YOU SAW.
• Did you like it when ______________happened? Why do you think it happened?
• I didn’t like it when ______________. I wish they didn’t have to hurt each other.
• Help clarify confusion by saying things such as, “In real life things don’t work that way.”
• I wonder how they made ______ happen on that show.
• How can we tell the difference between these advertisements and the show?
• I wonder why they made the ad like that?
• Can you remember a time when we bought something and it wasn’t like the ad?
• What would you do if you were in that situation?
• If you had a problem like that what could you do or say?
• Can you think of a way to solve that problem where no one gets hurt?
• It seems like the women always need to get rescued by the men. Have you noticed that?
• I wonder why the “bad guys” have foreign accents, always wear dark colors, and have darker skin.
(Adapted from Remote Control Childhood (Levin, 1998)
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What You Can Do
Beyond the Home
Parents talk about media
with other parents.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BABIES, SEE THE: TRUCE
INFANT-TODDLER PLAY, TOYS & MEDIA ACTION GUIDE.
• Find out what your children are watching at other homes.
Talk with neighbors, grandparents, teachers, childcare
providers, and babysitters about how you like to handle
media with your child.
• Work out with other families about how you’ll deal with
TV and other media when your children are at each
other’s houses for play dates, birthday parties, etc.