Television and kids
There are times when watching TV is all you want – at the end of a long hectic day, or when you’re physically and mentally exhausted. But there’s a reason television is called the ‘idiot box’; for many kids, the number of hours spent watching TV is starting to out-number the hours they spend being actively involved in other pursuits, which is in turn leading to weight gain and associated health risks.
Kids need the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of attitudes and behaviours and they need to experience the world outside of television. Children need to talk, play, day-dream and to read, as well as watch TV. Like everything else in life, balance is the key.
Television classifications are designed to be used as a guide for choosing appropriate programming for your children based on age and maturity. While television classifications can only be a guide, the M, MA and R ratings on films being shown theatrically are adhered to legally – you won’t be able to buy a ticket to an R-rated movie for a 12 year-old (should you ever wish to do such a thing!)
- Children (C) - (only on commercial TV)
- Pre-school children (P) - (only on commercial TV)
- General (G)
- Parental Guidance Recommended (PG)
- Mature (M)
- Mature Adult (MA)
- Adult Violent (AV)
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