Quality programs for
children can have a positive impact
on children's thinking, behavior
and language. Yet even the best children's
series require adult participation
to help children get the most from
what they watch.
To help your children
get the most from television:
- Select specific
programming. Choose programming
that is geared to your children's
ages and interests. Watch programs,
not just television.
- Co-view with
your children. When possible,
watch programs with your children
so you can help them understand
the material. Join in the program's
activities along with the kids!
- Extend the learning. Read
books and do activities that relate
to the themes of the programs your
- Encourage active
viewing. Help your children
to understand they can sing,
dance, and express their reactions
to the things they see and hear
- Limit television
time. Remember, children
need lots of time to move, play,
talk, and interact with others.
Set clear guidelines for when
and how long the TV can be on.