TV and Children

Policy and Recommendations


Research Studies


Tips for Parents

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Policy and Recommendations (top)

Reports (top)

Toolkits (top)

  • 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 power goes."
  • 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."

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