Many kids need to go on a TV diet. Here’s how:

  • Watch how much your child "eats." Make sure he’s watching no more than one or two hours a day of quality shows. Remember that you can rent or tape programming instead of watching it live.
  • Check the "ingredients." Shows that contain violence are linked to aggressive behavior. You may not be able to watch a show before your child does, but you can read reviews and talk with teachers about what they recommend.
  • Avoid "snacking." Don’t let your child just "watch TV." Have him choose specific programs to watch. Encourage shows that build interest in other activities, such as hobbies or sports.
  • One way to support all the ideas above is to have your child write down a viewing plan for the week. You approve it and make sure he sticks to it!

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