Television and kids
By Ella Walsh |
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.


TV classifications:


Television classifications are designed to be used as a guide for choosing appropriate programming for your children based on age and maturity.

  • Approved for General viewing (G)
  • Parental Guidance Recommended (PG)
  • Mature (M)
  • People under 16 years should not view (16)
  • People under 18 years should not view (18)

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include NSW Govt's Healthy Kids and SA Government's Parenting and Child Health.

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