What’s Your Threshold?

by TV Watch on May 20, 2014

Columnist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Frances Perkins, brings to parents attention the following:

“The bottom line is that every family will have different thresholds for ratings and what’s considered appropriate… it’s about guiding their viewing just as we guide our kids in other aspects of life. The ratings give us information to aid in that guidance, regardless of which rating is right for your home.”

It is important to not only know the ratings but also what each rating means. Our tutorial here is a quick and easy way to review the content ratings. Each television program is also given a letter to designate whether or not this program is suitable for those of young ages. Below is a key to the letters used by the television industry in the TV Ratings System:

  • D for suggestive dialogue
  • L for coarse or crude language
  • S for sexual situations
  • V for violence

In addition, whenever dropping your children off for a play date at a friend’s home, are you relaying to the other parent what TV content is appropriate for your child based on our own tastes, values and the children’s age.

Television Watch encourages parents to use the Parent-To-Parent Information card that allows for them to easily share this information with the supervising parents. This information card is extremely helpful in situations where parents are unable to speak directly, as parents can send their children to their play dates with it. Here is the link so that you can print out your own information card.

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Spring into Action!

by TV Watch on April 15, 2014

Spring is in full bloom! Now is the time of year to clear away the winter clutter and do the spring-cleaning—and we don’t simply mean your basic housekeeping. TV Watch wants to encourage parents to spring into action by taking control of children’s TV viewing.

Here are a few tips to help parents spring clean the TV for kids:

Educating parents about the tools available to mange TV consumption when children have more free time is the first step in shedding winter habits and welcoming in new ways of spring.

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Snowing? Doesn’t Mean the TV Should Take Over

March 3, 2014

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 […]

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

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 […]

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