Michelle Obama Says Click Off Cartoons and Go Out and Play

Filed under: In The News, Playground Bureau, Activities: Big Kids, Activities: Tweens, New In Pop Culture, Celeb Parents

Nick Cannon poses with Patrick and SpongeBob at last year's Worldwide Day of Play in New York. Credit: Larry Busacca, Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Attention Malia and Sasha: The remote is in Mom's hands this Saturday, and she's sending a message to you and the rest of the nation's kids to "Go out and play."

At noon EST on Sept. 25, first lady Michelle Obama will tell Nick viewers to "get ready to shut down your computers, put down your cell phones and turn off your TVs." Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr. and TeenNick will then go off the air for three hours, according to the Associated Press.

The cartoon blackout is part of Nickelodeon's annual Worldwide Day of Play campaign, an annual effort to encourage families to get kids and families moving and off the couch. The network isn't goofing around and is turning screens black.

But take heart Nick fans, before and after this TV intervention, you can soak up six hours of back-to-back "SpongeBob Squarepants" episodes.

Meanwhile, "iCarly" poses this question to teen and tween fans on the Nick show's website: What's the best way to spend this Saturday?
  • Pranking Your sister/brother?
  • Sleeping all day?
  • Eating ice cream, nonstop?
  • Watching an all-new iCarly at 8 p.m.?
We know the answer in our house: All of the above.

Related: Is It OK For Kids Under 2 To Watch TV?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.