Kick the TV Habit

My daughter and I unplugged our set, and we've rediscovered the joys of music, cards and talk

My favorite story about parents, kids and TV comes from Linda Ellerbee, the producer of children's public-affairs shows for Nickelodeon. One night Ellerbee was trying to get the attention of her two children, who were glued to the TV. In desperation, she yanked the set out of the wall and tossed it out a second-story window. Hours later she guiltily found it lying in a heap on the lawn. She brought it inside and plugged it in. To her horror, it still worked. "Damn!" she said. "You can't even kill the sucker!"

Three related new studies by the Annenberg Public Policy...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!