A FATHER and his two children have penned a book simply by turning off the television and freeing up some time.
Willie Hughes and his children William (9) and Susannah (6) wrote the book Creepbrook Manor as a result of switching off the television for a year.
They launched the book on the net a few months ago and have been amazed at the response. “It seems people are very concerned about the influence too much television is having on children. The average seven-year-old will have spent one year in front of a screen,” said Willie.
The writing of Creepbrook Manor is just one example of how freed up time can be spent if parents are willing to give their children a ‘gap year’ from screens. As a result of the interest in our project we decided to bring out Creepbrook Manor in book form.
The family even received a message of support from Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education: ‘It is heartening to see how the Mac Donald Hughes family have switched off their television and embraced reading and writing, developing their own book Adventures at Creepbrook Manor.’
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