DD is 8 1/2. We don't have cable and have been thinking about getting rid of the TV altogether. The only channel ANY of us watch is PBS. DD probably watches around 30 minutes a day of TV on average.
Recently DD has started to campaign for cable. We are NOT getting cable and DP and I are seriously discussing being TV-free (both of us have, at various points been TV-free and enjoyed it).
The thing that I worry about is that dd gets really excited about visiting friends or cousins that have cable (and video game systems which we also don't have). I worry that as she gets older, she'll really prefer being at friends houses who have these things and will always be clamoring to be away from home. As she becomes a teenager, I'd like to be the home where her friends like to come and hang out, but I'm worried friends won't want to have sleep overs and such at a TV-free home.
So, talk to me about being TV-free with older children, tweens and teens.