Tips for kids and TV watching
By Ella Walsh |
- Have a time limit for television watching - try to be aware of what your child is watching, and when the program comes to an end, turn the TV off.
- Keep an eye on the time. Once the TV's on, it's easy for it to stay on so make sure that you don forget to turn it off.
- Don't turn the TV on before school - not only is it unnecessary and a time-waster, but you'll also find it hard to get your kids ready for school if they're sitting slack-jawed in front of cartoons. Turn the TV off at meal times - dinner time is a great time to spend together as a family talking and reconnecting.
- Keep the TV in a family room - don't let your child have a TV in his bedroom as this makes it more difficult to monitor his TV time.
- Make informed judgements about what you will allow your child to watch. Use the TV classifications as a guide.
- Watching TV is not more important than any other household activities - so don't let it dictate when and how you go about your day.
- You should follow TV watching with some physical activity, as passively watching TV slows the metabolism.
- Change your habits. Instead of the family flopping down together in front of the TV at night, try reading a book together or playing a card game before bed.