Life without telly

24th October 1997 at 01:00
AUSTRALIA: Schools across Australia are encouraging their students to turn off the TV at home.

Teacher Mike Fewster devised the Click Off Click On scheme at Eumemmering Secondary College in Melbourne less than a year ago. Now 90 schools and more than 3,000 students are involved and the number is expected to mushroom.

Families are encouraged to turn off the telly for a fortnight or more and opt for other activities that "promote a healthier, more personally enriching and community focused lifestyle". Mr Fewster realised it was not enough for a family just to turn off the TV and then sit around wondering what to do. So schools are sent guidelines on how they can prepare pupils and parents for switch-off time.

A number of companies are contributing to the scheme. Some have made their facilities, such as skating and aerobics classes, available free during the Click Off weeks. A building supply firm has provided material that enables students to "audit" their home. With this, they can work out what needs to be done - mending, painting, building something.

"I'd encourage all parents to give it a go," said Trish Chandler, a Melbourne mother of six. "For us, turning off the television meant we became a family again."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now