TV, Mealtime and Media Rules

About two-thirds of young people say the TV is usually on during meals, and just under half (45%) say the TV is left on “most of the time” in their home, even if no one is watching.

Seven in ten kids have a TV in their bedroom, and 50% have a console video game player in their room. Children in TV-centric homes spend far more time watching the screen than their peers. Kids watch one and a half hours more each day in homes where the TV is left on most of the time, and an additional hour beyond that when they have a TV in their own room.

PositiveTip: Turn off the TV during dinner and just enjoy talking with your family. Set media rules for the rest of the day, too.