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Nonprofit Offers Parents, Kids TV Alternatives

Posted April 11, 2001 10:35 a.m. EDT

— Research indicates our children spend too much time in front of the television. But how much is too much?

"The U.S. Department of Education found that grades in school dropped sharply if children watch more than two hours of television a day," says Dr. Stephen Jorovics, founder of LimiTV.

The non-profit'sWeb siteprovides useful information for parents who are concerned about how excessive exposure to television affects children, including a list of alternative activities.

"Children have lots of imagination, lots of energy, and if you reduce the amount of time children can watch television, if you set some guidelines or rules, they will find other things to do," Jorovics says.

Ten-year-old Emma Pinsky prefers riding a scooter to watching television.

"I can watch an hour in the morning if my mom is watching TV and then in the afternoon I have a half an hour to watch whatever program I want," she says.

Her brother Max developed a love of chess.

In addition to TV viewing habits, parents should also keep a close watch on their children's use of videos, video games and the Internet.

Reporter:Pam Saulsby Photographer:Keith Baker