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Stone Soup to support National TV-Turnoff

Stone Soup creator Jan Eliot will use her feature to explore “how generations raised in front of television, computer and cell phone screens cope with having them removed” during National TV-Turnoff week beginning April 21.

In the series, the difficulties of life without television are demonstrated as the teenage Holly tries to make it through the week. With her mother and aunt both participating and enforcing a no-TV policy, it’s up to Holly to fill her own free time, as well as baby-sit her young cousin Max without the distracting properties of “Sesame Street” making her job easier.

TV-Turnoff Week aims to increase “screen-time awareness” among viewers of all ages, with campaigns encouraging “real experiences with real people in real time.” For instance, www.turnoffyourtv.com, a website affiliated with the initiative recommends, “Instead of watching a documentary about birds, go out (with binoculars if you have them) and see how many real birds you can identify in your neighborhood.” It continues, “The purpose of National TV-Turnoff Week is to leave behind judgments about the quality of television and focus instead on creating, discovering, building, participating and doing.”

Community Comments

#1 Robert Kesten
April/13/2008
@ 5:51 am

We at Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness, the home of (TV)Turnoff Week are thankful for the support of all who help make people aware that living your life is more exciting than living through others.

This year, we expect another 20 million people to join in and celebrate all there is to do without screens. We hope, that this will lead people to adopt Universal Screen Time Reduction moving forward, taking control of the electronic media in their lives, not allowing it to control them.

Feel free to let us know how the week goes…people can reach us at http://www.screentime.org

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