Parenting columnist John Rosemond pointed out over the weekend, “Parents can use television as a tool in teaching children about various aspects of life. The key is that they exercise control of what is watched and how much time their children spend in front of the TV.”  Rosemond lays out a few tips that could prove helpful. Cold weather can lead to more TV time, but that doesn’t man you should cede control in your own home.

  • Have TV in a central location (not your child’s bedroom), so you can monitor the quantity and quality of programs watched
  • Do not allow snacking while watching TV (or allow only fruits and vegetables)
  • Watch TV together. You’ll be available to discuss what’s going on on the screen
  • Teach your children to watch TV critically (TV has a point of view!)
  • Reinforce positive messages of television programs, and discuss the negative ones. Television may serve as a spring board for a good family discussion and teach your children right from wrong

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It’s Been One Week – How’s that Resolution

by TV Watch on January 8, 2014

Did you know that of all Americans who resolve to do this or stop that, to exercise more or eat less … you name it, studies have shown that only a week later, a mere 25 percent are honoring this year’s resolution and most will break it over the next few months?

Some resolutions are harder to keep than others but for the many parents who resolve to do a little bit better when it comes to monitoring what kids watch on TV, a few tips can go a long way. So here are a few ideas to keep you in that 25 percent.

Parents who want to take control can resolve to:

Learn the Ratings: Parents who wish to utilize the ratings should take the time to learn them and stay up to date by reviewing them regularly. More information about the ratings can be found at the TV Watch website or in this helpful video.

Use the Tools: TV continues to be the dominant form of media used by children ages 0 to 11, and parental controls, in the form of the V-Chip or cable/satellite controls, are a great way to have control over what kids watch. The TV Watch “Easy As Toast” tutorial has all the information parents need.

Monitor: According to a TV Watch survey, 73 percent of parents monitor what their children watch on TV. At the same time, 59 percent of children have a TV set in their room (Harris Interactive), so setting the parental controls on those TV’s is an easy way to maintain control. Also, when your child is going to a friend’s house, inform the other parents about your rating standards. A simple phone call, email or note is a great way to make sure values are protected outside of your home. Parents can also fill out TV Watch’s free Parent-To-Parent Information card that allows them to easily pass along this information.

Spread the Word: TV Watch is encouraging parents to recommend “Television Tools for Parents 101″ to other parents and pass along five free ratings reference stickers that can be applied to the back of the remote control. These stickers are a great reference for parents and can be obtained for free through the TV Watch contact page.

By taking these simple steps, you can at last keep a resolution and make critical improvements to your family’s lifestyle.

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What’s Premiering on a TV Near You?

September 27, 2013

With a new television season upon us, TV Watch is launching “Premiere Week Preparedness,” an educational campaign to help parents prepare as dozens of new shows hit the airwaves.  The campaign, which includes a public service announcement (PSA) that premiered at the NAB Radio Show, reminds parents that now is the time to take a […]

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Parents Getting More Tools with Beefed Up Cable Parental Controls

July 2, 2013

For families with cable, a number of them are about to get some more tools to enforce their rules.  According to PC Magazine: Summer vacation just got a little more kid-friendly, with the introduction of Comcast Xfinity TV’s “Summer of Kids” program. Comcast has expanded its partnership with Common Sense Media to integrate the organization’s […]

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