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Nick tells kids to go outside

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 1st 2006 9:00PM
nickelodeonYesterday while I was looking around the Web for links to add to this post, I noticed that Nickelodeon's Nick.com site had a scroll on it telling kids to go outside and play in honor of the Worldwide Day of Play. The network also went off the air for a few hours, replacing programming with a similar scroll. That's sound advice, of course, but I pretty much had the same reaction I did when TV Land did the same thing recently in honor of Family Day. Won't people just change the channel? I don't fault Nickelodeon for trying, but people are conditioned to automatically hit the clicker when something appears on screen they don't like, whether it's a show they hate, and annoying commercial, or words on the screen telling them to go outside.

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Just one turn off the TV and kids exercise day? Let's try this once a month, then two times per month and on and on.

It's tough to get kids exercise in during the cold winter months. There are tons of kids indoor exercises you and your family can do.

Good idea but let's get our kids to exercise more than one time per year.

December 16 2008 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved Cartoon Network's snarky take on the whole campaign. On Friday night they had a promo on which showed a bored kid dragging a stick along a picket fence, then the announcer saying "Other channels are showing this for three hours, don't you want to watch something cool?". Then they rattle off their special movie programming with Teen Titans and Pokemon. Someone in Williams Street had to have a hand in that.

October 02 2006 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not about changing the channel. It's about teaching kids there's something else OTHER THAN TV. It's about going OUTSIDE and PLAYING. If a channel that a kid absolutely worships, so to speak, says go outside and play. Then they learn that being outside doing physical active things, is more important than sitting inside and getting FAT!

October 01 2006 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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