It's a warm summer's day in the school holidays but the
children are not out playing, they are in a darkened room, glued to the
TV set, zapping aliens on their Nintendos or surfing the Internet.
As their friends ride their bikes, go swimming, play football
and walk the dog, the only games your children play are those on the computer,
and their only pet is the mouse.
For thousands of children the computer and the TV now dominate
their lives, turning them into electronic junkies with virtual childhoods
where real relationships are replaced by artificial ones...
Many children, too, begin their viewing early and finish
late. Programmes designed to entertain young viewers begin in the
early morning, so parents may still be in bed when their children are
already up and channel hopping. According to an American study
for the U.S. National Institute of Education, ten hours TV watching a
week is a healthy level and any more than that results in under performance
at school and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Now, with the number of junior junkies growing dramatically,
comes the first book aimed at weaning kids off their electronic addiction
through a rigorous four-week programme.
Joan Anderson, author of Getting Unplugged (John Wiley,
£4.99), says that children who watch too much television from an early
age have difficulty concentrating, do less well at school, are less active
and find it difficult to form relationships because they spend so much
of their time in an imaginary world.
by Alex Murray - Western Daily Press - Monday, July 13, 1998
t o entertain : distraire
according to : selon, d’après
1. Retrouvez dans le texte les équivalents anglais
des expressions suivantes.
1. (0,5 pt par réponse)
a. a computer junkie - b. channel hopping - c. glued to the TV set
- d. weaning kids off their electronic addiction
2. (1 pt par réponse)
a. WRONG – For thousands of children the computer and TV now dominate
b. RIGHT – Ten hours TV watching a week is a healthy level.
c. RIGHT – Now… comes the first book aimed at weaning kids off their
electronic addiction through a rigorous four-week programme.
d. WRONG – Author of Getting Unplugged.
e. WRONG – Children who watch too much TV do less well at school.
a. Children can be out playing, ride their bikes, go swimming, play
football and walk the dog.
b. No, it is the mouse of the computer.
c. They do less well at school – they have difficulties concentrating
– they are less active and find it difficult to form relationships.
4. (BEP = 1 pt par réponse ; CAP = 0,5 pt par réponse)
a. didn’t have - b. will give - c. watching
5. (0,5 pt par réponse)
a. their - b. its - c. her - d. our
6. Empêchez votre enfant de devenir un drogué d’informatique
EXPRESSION (0,5 pt par énoncé correct)
a - Have you got a TV set at home ? (How many TV sets do you have
b - How many hours a day do you spend watching TV ?
c - What’s your favourite programme ?
d - Do you have a computer ?
e - When did you get it ?
f - What do you do with it ?
g - Do you only use it to play games ?
h - Do your friends have a computer/computers ?