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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Sunday, August 28, 2005


A Daily Green Hour early -- Succeed in life later

Recent study says getting kids away from TV greatly improves college chances

A University of Otago (NZ) study reports: "Kids who watched the least TV – especially between the ages of 5 and 11 – had the highest probability of graduating from university by the age of 26, regardless of IQ or socioeconomic status. While those who watched the most TV, more than 3 hours per day, had the highest chance of dropping out of school without qualifications."

Two other studies confirm similar findings but also suggest that a limited amount of true educational programming might actually help with learning, but few families succeed at finding the right balance.

We think more creative time outdoors -- an hour per day learning, having fun, relaxing and relating is the best alternative to TV. Read More!

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