It’s true that watching too much TV is bad for kids. But if viewing is planned well, it can be educational. Try these learning activities:
- Choose shows as a family. This is a great way to practice cooperation.
- Watch shows as a family. Use TV to spark interesting conversations and debates.
- Look for shows about travel and exploration. Learn about other cities, countries and planets.
- Vary the programs you watch. Try shows about sports, nature, health, history and cooking.
- Give your child viewing suggestions that relate to her interests. If she loves the beach, for example, she might enjoy a travel show.
- Watch news programs. Talk about local, national and international issues. How do they relate to your family’s values?
- Discuss how TV shows are made. Notice the music, camera angles, actors and writing. What works well? What would you like to change?
- Use TV as a way to bring up uncomfortable subjects, such as peer pressure and sex. Talk about whether characters’ actions reflect your family’s beliefs.
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