And by the time they finish the 6th grade, they’ve seen 100-thousand violent scenes on TV.

According to MSN, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 not be allowed to watch TV – period. For older kids, they should watch no more than 2 hours of TV a day, and an adult should make sure the shows they watch are age-appropriate.

If your kids are already watching too much TV, here’s how to help them cut back:

First, think about moving the TV out of the family room, where everyone hangs out. That way, it won’t automatically get flipped on when the group gathers.

Then, plan a "TV-Free" night, where you play board games or card games with the kids, or everybody reads a book.

Another cut-back-on-TV tip: Create a "special" TV night. For example, each week, one person picks a classic old movie, or a new movie nobody’s seen – and you order pizza or make popcorn. That way, TV-watching becomes a special event, instead of a mindless, everyday habit.

And finally, here’s the most important reduce- TV-watching tip: Become a good role model, and cut back on your own TV viewing. And don’t just leave the TV on for company. Watch a specific show, then turn the TV off. Ahhh, silence – and family conversation. What a concept!