Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
What is the main intent for the forum? Is it to discuss the hows and whys and the issues surrounding going and being tv-free (dealing with family and friends, etc.), the negative effects of tv, media and such to provide support and educate one another and others?
Or is it mainly for discussion of ideas for activities for different age groups and family fun stuff as a resource for families who do not watch tv and others who do) and are looking for fun activities?
What I would like to see is this:
A place for those who are TV-free, trying to get TV-free, or wondering about TV-freedom or TV reduction. It would be inclusive of everyone actively interested in reducing or removing TV from their or their children's lives, no matter where they are in their journey or their eventual goal; for those who own no TV and rent no movies, those who have put away the TV while their children are young, and those who watch TV or movies while their children are asleep or away.
Topics covered in this forum would include research and theories on why TV may be harmful, including the racism and sexism pervasive in TV, the culture of consumerism perpetuated by TV, the effects of screen time on developing eyes and brains, the long-term correlations between TV viewing and poor outcome, and to a lesser extent the effects of related media (video games, cinema, computer time, etc).
We would talk about why we went TV free, how we did or are doing it, the frictions caused by some family members wanting TV-freedom and others not, the awkwardness of being TV-free in a TV-saturated culture, and how to handle interactions with TV when in non-TV-free environments.
It would be a place for support and information for those exploring or working toward TV-freedom, offering "been there, done that" advice, trading tips and tricks on weaning or going cold turkey off TV. It would be a place for TV addicts (
) to discuss being TV-free, TV watchers to discuss raising TV-free children, and TV-free-as-children adults to offer their observations and recollections about growing up TV-free.
It would, of course, NOT be a place to bash others for their parenting or lifestyle choices, to insult those who use TV, or to argue over whether absolute TV freedom or TV-free in childhood only is "better". It would discuss TV-replacement activities and ideas only peripherally, in an overall discussion and support about going TV-free.
Currently, we have these discussions all over MDC, in bits and pieces, in fits and starts, but without a central place to find like-minded people, we run into both the problem of knowing where to look and where to post, and of having TV-users become affronted and insulted, believing that we are denigrating their
parenting choices, rather than seeking support for our own
TV-freedom is certainly not a requirement of being attached to one's children, nor is it an essential part of living naturally and treading lightly on this earth, but many of us find it an important part of how we work toward both these ideals, and would like a place to gather and talk about it.
Thank you for listening.