Policy and Recommendations
Tips for Parents
Books for Adults
Books for Children
Policy and Recommendations (top)
- Fast Forward to Better Health TV/Screen Time Obesity Report: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (PDF). Report by the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives, Minnesota Department of Health. Oct 2010.
- Patricia McDonough, SVP Insights, Analysis and Policy, The Nielsen Company. TV Viewing Among Kids at an Eight-Year High. October 26, 2009.
- Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds. January 2010, The Kaiser Family Foundation.
National study on media use in the lives of children and adolescents. Shows trends in media use in children and adolescents from survey data collected in years 1999, 2004 and 2009.
- Media + Child and Adolescent Health: A Systematic Review. November 2008, Common Sense Media.
Review of 173 studies examining the relationship between media exposure and several health outcomes including childhood obesity and academic achievement.
- The Future of Children: Children and Electronic Media. Volume 18 Number 1 Spring 2008.
A focus on how common forms of electronic media influence the wellbeing of children and adolescents.
- A Teacher in the Living Room? Educational Media for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Examines the educational claims about commercially available educational media products (videos and DVDs, computer software, and video games) for very young children and what kind of research has been conducted to support these claims.
- Reducing Children’s TV Time to Reduce the Risk of Childhood Overweight: The Children’s Media Use Study Highlights Report From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Nutrition and Physical Activity Communication Team. Examines the forces influencing children’s use of screen media, and the challenges and opportunities within families to limit children’s viewing the less than 2 hours per day.
- Food for Thought: Television Food Advertising to Children in the United States
Estimation of the number and type of television advertisments seen by children, from data on children’s television viewing combined with content analysis of television advertising.
- It’s Child’s Play: Advergaming and the Online Marketing of Food to Children Description of the nature and scope of online food advertising to children.
- The Media Family: Electronic media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Their Parents From the Kaiser Family Foundation, national study on electronic media in the lives of young children.
- Zero to Six: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (PDF). National study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Fall 2003.
- The State of Washington's Children 2006-2007: Weighing in on Health and Fitness in Washington Report on overweight in Washington children and families, highlighting screen use as a potential contributing factor to overweight.
- Washington State Healthy Youth Survey. Data on time spent watching television, playing video games and using computers in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade children in Washington State.
- Jordan AB, Robinson TN. Children, television viewing, and weight status: summary and recommendations from an expert panel meeting. Annals, AAPSS. 2008;615:119.
- WA Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM) Toolkit
WAABAM materials including brochure, bookmark, "Top 10 Ways to Reduce TV at Home" handout, sample TV policy and "Minimize TV, Maximize Health" TV cling. Available in English and Spanish.
- Licensing Toolkit to Limit Screen Time in Child Care
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education created this 8-page toolkit, which includes action sheets for licensing agencies, child care providers and legislators.
Do More, Watch Less
A TV reduction tool that is targeted towards 10 to 14-year-olds in after school programs and organizations serving youths. The sessions aim to help youth incorporate more physical activities into their day while reducing the time they spend watching TV, surfing the Internet, and playing video games.
- Live Outside the Box
A TV reduction educational campaign which includes radio public service announcements, a series of posters, and a toolkit in English and Spanish.
- Screen Time Reduction
Kasier Permanente Healthy Kids Watch Less TV Coalition. Fact sheets, log sheets, ideas for activities, tips for parents and teachers and a list of resources available in English and Spanish.
Tips for Parents (top)
Books for Adults (top)
Books for Children (top)
- Fix-it Board Book
By David McPhail
Dutton Juvenile, 2002; ages 2–6
"TV breaks, and reading turns out to be more fun."
- The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
By Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Random House Books for Young Readers,
1984; ages 4–8
"Mom puts her foot down; kids need to play!"
- Turn off the TV (Mama Rex and T Series)
By Rachel Vail and Steve Bjorkman
Rebound by Sagebrush, 2003; ages 4–8
"Mama Rex ﬁgures out what to do when the
- Box-Head Boy
By Christine M. Winn and David Walsh
Fairview Press, 1996; ages 4–8
"Denny’s head turns into a TV until he remembers real
life and decides to spend his time there instead."