have heard of Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab. This is TV
(and videogames, movies and other multimedia) Rehab. We
have the research to support that media watching is
addictive and that it is difficult to break the habit.
Media Rehab is the answer.
Media Rehab will help make your kids aware that they are
spending too much time on media. Drilling the logic of
Media Rehab into young minds is very important.
of the solutions to our problem is breaking their
multimedia habits. This is tough thing to do but let us
try this experiment. The following step-by-step account
will help you set up the plan (please give me feed back
on how we can improve this):
Announce the Media Rehab plan:
Tell your kid/s today that you are setting up a Media
at home. Tell them that the main objective of Media
is to bring down the number of hours they spend on
multimedia. Tell them about the available research on
media watching. Give them copies of the research reports
if they can read or explain them the concept. Assure
your support and willingness to help.
Divide the program into four phases:
Phase I: First 15 days – Debate and discuss the
violent content in the media
Phase II: Next 15 days – Pre-Media Rehab
Phase III: Next 30 days – Media Rehab
Phase IV: Next 30 days – Post-Media Rehab
total program runs for 90 days. The first 15 days are
centered around discussion, the next 15 days pre-rehab,
the next 30 days Rehab (depending upon the kids rating)
and the last 30 days Post-rehab.
me take you through this program with an example and
imaginary time line for clarity. Assuming you wish to
start your Media Rehab program on June 1.
Your schedule would look like this:
June 01 to June 15
Debate/Discussion on violence in multimedia
June 16 to June 30
July 01 to July 30
Aug 01 to Aug 30
is strongly suggested that the whole family supports the
program by restraining themselves from watching the TV
as much as possible. Before we proceed further we need
to bring in Blue Hawk