- Difficulty switching off
- Blunted senses, visual strain, understimulation of the brain
- Social isolation and withdrawal
- Less creativity and imagination
- Commerical exploitation
- Inability to concentrate
- Attention deficit
- Desensitisation from information overload
- Exposure to violence
There's so much to be gained as a family from switching your TV off or even limiting the time to once a week. For instance in the evening you could try:
reading novels together;
taking up a craft like knitting or crotchet;
playing board games;
telling a story by candlelight;
putting on a puppet play or a concert.
Just eating dinner and talking around the table instead of having the TV blaring in the background has so much to offer - sharing each other's days, listening to your kids and knowing what is happening in their lives, relationship and communication skills.
I guarantee that once your children have more TV or computer free time you will stop hearing the words "I'm bored".
I know for some families it might pose a challenge at first, but the benefits are really worth it. For more information on research into children's development and eletronic media, and for ideas to support your family in turning your TV off, I can highly recommend Set Free Childhood a parents survival guide for coping with computers and TV.