While watching television programs and movies together as a family is ideal, sometimes it’s not possible. If you can’t watch TV with your kids, at least check out what programs they are watching. But whether you’re able to watch with them or not, there are a few smart ways to go about making sure watching TV is both fun and educational. With that in mind, here’s some good advice from your trusted DirecTV authorized retailer in San Bernardino County on how to teach your children to watch television responsibly:
- Screen programs first: It seems that young children are easily entertained by whatever the magical picture box shows them. However, you may consider screening the shows that your older kids favor every week. Titles can be deceiving, so sit down with them during show times to ensure the programs are age appropriate and pass your requirements as a parent. Ask yourself questions like: Is it educational? Is it a waste of time? Can it pertain to a real-life scenario? You may want to prescreen programs, and then create a list of shows from which your children can choose their viewing material.
- Talk about the commercials: Back in the day, commercials were for running to the kitchen for a snack or to visit the restroom. Now that technology has taken over in the form of cell phones, laptops and tablets, commercials—no matter how short the break—have everyone jumping on their devices and surfing the Internet or social media. Instead, engage your children in the ads themselves. Ask them what they think about a product or the actors in the ad. If your son or daughter announces that they want something being advertised in the commercial, it might be a good time to talk about money.
- Encourage discussion about shows: At home, you should open up discussions about the shows your small children are watching. (Note that this type of discussion is fine at home, but you wouldn’t want to encourage your child to talk in a public movie theater.) Especially comment on characters and plot lines, and ask kids their thoughts on a character’s behavior or whether your child would handle a particular situation like the character did. When the show is over, ask your kids for a short review, or talk about what important lessons they learned and what their favorite part was. Also foster their ability to develop opinions.
- Allot only a certain amount of TV time: Should you allow your child to watch as much TV as they want, or is limiting their viewing time a better decision? It’s up to you. However, allotting TV time daily or weekly is good practice that teaches kids how to learn to watch TV responsibly. For example, they’ll have to pick and choose their programs. Consider making it a rule for older kids that there’s no TV until homework is done, and keep the TV turned off during dinner.
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