If your child
is watching trashy television, there is something that you can do! We came up with
the following parent tips so that you can encourage healthy television watching. Some
children view television watching as the number one most important after school activity
and it is up to the parents to change this.
Parent Tips on Television:
- Limit the amount of television your children watch.
You can start at the very early age of one. Kids are used to having parents make the rules
and the television is no different.
- Never leave your children alone with just the
television. With just one click of the channel changer and they could be watching Jerry
Springer instead of Sesame Street, like you think. Talk to your kids about
what and why certain programs are not good for them to watch. Many times TV teaches your
child things that you might not want them to know.
- Spend more time with your child. Studies have shown
that when children spend more time with their family, teachers notice less aggressive behavior.
- Encourage your Parent Teachers Organization
to sponsor a No TV Week.
- Suggest other activities for your children to do
instead of watching television like: playing outdoors, reading, going on a hike, or doing
an arts and crafts projects. Kids need to be encouraged to find things to do on their own
otherwise they dont know what to do with their free time. If kids always let the TV
entertain them they never learn to come up with ideas of their own. Kids need to develop
their imaginations. All the pictures and ideas are provided by the television and kids
dont have to think.
- Dont allow your child to watch television
while they are doing their homework. It is alright to tell your child they cant
watch television until their homework is done.
If you have ideas that have helped you limit the
television they watch or deal with television violence put them on message board or fill out our questionnaire.
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