Every year, one week in October is designated as Take Charge of Your TV Week. Using these strategies, parents can open an important family dialogue. Following are suggestions for taking charge of your TV.
Make TV watching a planned activity
- Have children ask your permission to watch television, and do not allow them to just casually channel surf.
- Establish family guidelines for selecting programs.
- Set limits on how much television your family watches.
- Set an example for your children. Make your own TV watching a conscious planned-for activity.
Choose programs together
- Take time one day each week to review TV program guides and select programs for the week ahead.
- When a selected program is over, turn off the television!
Make TV watching a family event
- Watch television as a family and use every opportunity to talk about what you are seeing and hearing.
- Talk back to your television. Make a particular point of responding to sexism, racism and unnecessary violence.
Use television as a springboard learning
- When a topic on television sparks your child’s interest, get to the library or museum and explore the subject further.
- Use TV shows to inspire creative expression through drawing or writing.
- Ask your children to tell you about a program you missed to help them develop valuable communication skills.