Children And Television


Did you know American children watch an average of 3 to 5 hours of television each day?

Although TV can be fun and educational, it’s important to know what your children are watching – to make sure it’s not too much, and to make sure it doesn’t stop them from doing schoolwork.

Need help? Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Education:
  • Monitor what your child is watching and, whenever possible, watch the programs with your child.
  • Pick a TV show to watch as a family. What kind of conversations can you start from the TV show? For instance, ask, “Why are those people in the program so unkind to each other?”
  • Plan other activities, such as crafts, reading, doing homework, or writing letters, instead of watching TV. Try to plan at least one different activity each week.
  • Avoid using TV as a babysitter.
  • Avoid using TV as a reward or punishment. It gives TV too much importance.
  • Turn off the TV during meals and study time.