• 6 STEPS TO SMART TV TIME FOR KIDS

    by  • May 27, 2014 • Television • 1 Comment

    4171Main Line Parent published our “Tips for Watching TV with Your Kids,” a summary of which appears below. For the full article, visit http://mainlineparent.com/2014/05/6-steps-to-smart-tv-time-for-kids/.

    1. Plan in advance what shows you both want to watch together.

    Planning is essential. Do your research. Find out what the show is about and what you can expect before you sit down to watch. Read reviews and search the Parents Television Council’s “Family Guide,” for information about the volume and degree of sexual content, violence, or profanity in the program.

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    2. Pay attention to the TV ratings.

    Not sure what a TV-14 rating means? Ratings aren’t what they used to be, and parents have to be careful.

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    3. Don’t assume that because a show is rated PG, it’s okay for your family.

    Parents can often be caught off guard by adult content found on TV-PG rated shows. A recent PTC study found 10.8 instances of adult content per hour on PG-rated shows.

     

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    4. Make the popcorn and settle in.

    It’s great to get snuggle time in with your kids. Make the time watching the show together count. Grab a snack and kick back.

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    5. Be an active viewer.

    Even if you’ve done your research, you may still be caught off-guard by inappropriate content within the program or in a commercial. Make sure you’ve got the remote in hand so you can skip over the content or quickly change the channel, and use that opportunity to talk to your child about what they saw and why you felt it was inappropriate.

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    6. Talk about what you saw.

    This is especially true if you have school-aged children. You can use lessons learned on the TV show to have meaningful discussions about issues that are relevant to their lives in a way they can relate to and understand.

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    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

    One Response to 6 STEPS TO SMART TV TIME FOR KIDS

    1. William Hughes
      May 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      You forgot one, Make Sure the movie you watch with your kids is commercial-free (That’s VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray for those of you in Rio Linda!). Just because a show is rated TV-Y doesn’t mean it won’t have commercials for some “Adult Product” being shoved in your face. Advertisers have NO regard as to who is watching their commercials.

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