Family pulls plug on TV – forever

Bay of Plenty Times 5th May 2010

When Lily and Amber Johnston’s school ran a “No Screen November” last year, the lights on their TV went out and they “never went back on”. Their behaviour improved, nightmares stopped and most surprisingly, they didn’t miss it. The girls’ parents, Karen and David, said the positive changes in their daughters’ behaviour after removing technology meant the family has given up TV for good.

The Ohauiti family back findings from a 13-year-long Canadian study, reported yesterday, that young children should not watch television. The study says TV sets them up for obesity and poor academic performance at school and reflects findings first established in New Zealand confirming the dangers of screen-watching by young children.