There is a lot going on on television that you probably don’t want your kids watching. Sometimes it may be difficult to know how you can keep your kids from watching whatever they want to watch. Fortunately, there are parents out there trying to do the same thing, and they’re ready to offer tips and tricks for monitoring your children’s TV habits.
Get their TV out of the bedroom.
Today, even elementary school children have rooms filled with electronics, including a TV and a computer they can use to watch TV online. The easiest way to make sure they’re not watching inappropriate programs is to make the family TV their TV. That way, they can’t sneak off to their room to watch the show you didn’t approve. Anything they watch, they’ll have to watch in the open.
Develop a “yes” list instead of a “no” list.
There’s no possible way for you to evaluate absolutely everything your child could see on TV. Instead of outlawing specific shows and assuming that everything else is fair game, make the rule that certain shows are allowed and everything else is off limits. If they’re interested in a specific show, you can preview it before adding it to the “yes” list. This way, they can’t ever pull the “You never told me I couldn’t watch this!” card or accidentally watch something you would never have allowed.
Make television time intentional.
Instead of keeping the television on most of the time throughout the day as background noise, set specific times the TV can be on, and the rest of the time it is to be off. That helps you be aware of when your child is watching TV which in turn helps you to be aware of what they’re watching.
Use the V-chip.
If you’ve put the previous suggestions into action and you’re still worried, there are some technological options. Every TV show is given a rating on how appropriate it is for children, and purchasing a V-chip lets you block certain ratings. You can override it yourself with the passcode, but your children can only watch what it lets them.
With these tips, you’ll be able to keep close tabs on what your children are watching and make sure that you’re in control of their viewing habits.
Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.