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What are your family certainly watching? - parenting


Saturday mornings. Cold cornflakes and Scooby Doo. How many parents on track out our childhood weekends with this down-to-earth ritual? The trick was to wake up early a sufficient amount to see all of the Saturday cock-crow cartoons for the reason that after about 10 am, the children's training was over until Sunday night's Astonishing World of Disney show came on.

My kids also like to get up on Saturday crack of dawn and watch cartoons. And on Sunday. And Monday? and Tuesday? You know the rest. While I had only a combine of channels to desire from, my kids have admission to 24 hour children's brainwashing on quite a few channels, good wishes of cable television. If you have a satellite dish, your brood have contact to even more programming.

More is better, right? Well, not always. With this great quantity of box stations, we need to consider that not all small screen brainwashing is fitting for all audiences.

There are many parents and grandparents who had the viewpoint that if it was a cartoon show the kids were watching, it was ok. Cartoon violence? Well, who hasn't seen that coyote catch an anvil with his head for the umpteenth time?

The fact of the be of importance is, when many parents were emergent up, with our imperfect box choices, a a small amount cartoon violence didn't seem to make too much of a difference. Now our kids can decide on to watch cartoon violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And it isn't just anvils dipping out of the clear blue sky anymore. What kind of violence exists in the cartoons our kids are watching? No, Scooby Doo doesn't go into a rabid rage and maul Hirsute when there are no more Scooby Snacks. But kid's shows have battles, fights, explosions and lettering construction threats to injure or kill each other. And our kids are choosing to watch this encoding over and over again.

So how can we help our kids to make develop choices? Most families are unwilling to go cold fiasco and give up all tube programming, even if I give KUDOS to those that are brave a sufficient amount to do it. You've heard it already - limit what your kids are watching. But I'd like to add one more piece of advice: teach your offspring how to elect programs that are all right to you and your family's values. This seems to be the piece that is gone astray from most articles I read today on the issue of tv viewing and children.

How do we do this? As you know, most tube shows now carry a rating to give you an idea of the type of contented (TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-MA). Contented descriptors have also been added to this classification to give you added information. These descriptors be a symptom of the aura of indicative dialogue (D), sexual deeds (S), foul foreign language (L), or violence (V). These ratings can be used as a early point for formative if a box show is apposite for your child or family.

Be cautious not to pick small screen shows based exclusively on the TV ratings system. A contemporary study has shown inconsistency in ratings that box networks place on their shows. Some do not use the bonus comfortable descriptors (D, S, L and V) in their ratings at all. What this means is that you may be inspection a show rated TV-G and then you hear some foul language. If the rating had indicated this with the "L" description, at least you would have been geared up for it.

So what's the best way to guarantee that your kids are examination shows that meet your standards? Well, parents, we are going to have to take some time and in fact pay awareness to what is on the stations your kids are watching! Yes, that means in point of fact meeting down and continuing an episode or two of an active clean or the most up-to-date teeny bopper life story.

You can also talk to other contacts and ancestors about what their kids watch and why. Ask the parents if they have watched the shows their offspring watch. You will be amazed at how many parents actually don't pay that much consideration to the comfortable of their children's viewing choices. They have the approach that if it is on XYZ Children's Network, then it must be fine. Even contained by the children's networks, shows are geared towards a definite audience. Do you certainly want your 6 year old to watch a show that is a teen account of a soap opera?

Then - don't skip this one - talk with your kids about the shows they are watching. Argue the comfortable and if it is a show you are not going to badge them to watch, describe your reasons. You do not have to defend your choice, you are the mother after all, but just let them know why it is inappropriate.

Limit the quantity of box your offspring watch each day. The American Arts school of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit a child's use of TV, movies, and video and cpu games to no more than 1 or 2 hours per day. This will also further them to make assorted choices about their tube activities. Do they especially want to watch this rerun for the 15th time or would they instead wait and watch a bit new?

Take the time to teach your family how to make advance choices with their electronic entertainment. It's a skill that they will carry with them past the next Saturday morning.

Lisa Workman is the biographer of Tokens for TV: A Levelheaded Attempt to Balancing Television, Video Game and Mainframe Activities. For more in sequence email lisa@tvtokens. com or visit her website at http://www. tvtokens. com


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