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TV Tips: Viewing with Your Family
From the May 2001 Newsletter
Every family uses TV
differently. If you are concerned about the amount of time your kids spend
with TV, or the kind of content they're watching, there are steps you can take,
in addition to using the TV ratings or the V-Chip:
Plan Your TV
time: Set TV time limits -- experts recommend children watch no more
than 1 to 2 hours each day, including videotapes.
Make Your Own TV
Guideline: Get into the habit of checking the TV rating before you
watch a program.
Watch TV with
Your Child: Whenever possible, watch TV with your child and talk about
the program while you watch. Keep TV sets out of kids' bedrooms.
Learn to Watch TV
Carefully and Critically: Pay attention to how TV and other media
might be affecting your children's behavior -- what they talk about, how they
dress, who they admire, and what items they own with product logs.
Use TV to Talk
with Kids About Tough Issues: Television can offer you a springboard
to discuss tough issues with your kids. It's not always easy to talk to
kids about violence, sex, alcohol or drugs, but once a TV character opens the
door, the time is right.
Set an Example
When You Watch TV: Be selective when you use TV -- pay attention to
how much and what you watch when children are around.
from material provided by the V-Chip Education Project.
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