THE PROBLEM

Children become disconnected from others when they watch too much television. This social separation can only increase when children spend additional time with all the other electronic media. For example, on an Oprah show a family was seen taking the challenge to give up their computer and television for a week –-just a week!

In this family, there was a 5-year-old boy who became mesmerized –-if not hypnotized—when playing video games. Plenty of times his mom walked into the room while he was playing a video game and found him completely oblivious to her presence. One day his parents told him there would be no computer and television for a week. This preschooler didn’t just cry about the news, but he actually wailed! Oprah, upon hearing this, said, “What are we doing to ourselves and more importantly to our children through video games and television?”