Let Your Family Go Down the Tube - Use Television Wisely
- Set limits on what children can watch. Homework and meals with
the family take priority.
- Watch TV with your children and talk about what each of you
liked an didn't like.
- Set an example. Carefully choose your own programs and the amount
of time you watch television.
- Make one room a TV-Free Zone - a comfortable place to read,
talk, and listen, with no television set.
- Don't use TV as a babysitter.
- Encourage your children to spend their free time in activities
such as sports, hobbies, playing with friends, or reading rather
than sitting in front of the tube.
- Limit video games to a half-hour a day. Use a kitchen timer.
- Look for TV Programs that encourage kids to do something positive
- build a playhouse, start a hobby, help out at home, volunteer
to help someone. Look for TV programs that relate to a book, something
your child is studying, or an experience from your own childhood
or that of a relative.
- Don't use TV as a reward or punishment.
- If you find a TV ad or program offensive, write or call the
sponsor and the station.
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