A group of churchgoers turned off their television sets for a week and rediscovered the joys of board games and reading.
"More and more the TV is seeming to mesmerize all of us, especially the children," said the Rev. Elizabeth Parish of the Universal Unitarian Church of the North Hills.About 100 members turned off their tubes March 17 in a weeklong ban that ends Sunday. About 80 people aren't participating.
Some families unplugged their televisions. Mary Doubleday draped hers in a blanket.
Her two children, 4-year-old Julie and 2-year-old Kevin, switched from afternoon videotapes to the children's board game, Candyland.
Earlier this month, she said, Kevin became upset when - for the first time -he saw a fictional television character shot to death.
"It happens every 12 minutes on TV, and as an adult I guess I'm kind of used to it," Doubleday said.
"The children's attitude is that TV is something they're entitled to," said Carol Ballance of Pine Township. "Our attitude is that it's a luxury, something to relax and watch at the end of the day."