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How To Encourage Healthy TV Habits In Kids

By James Darren

Kids spend vast amount of time watching television. They are often in front of the TV whenever they are not in school or sleeping. It is no secret that tired mothers use the TV as a free babysitter. They park their babies in front of the screen, tuned in to some colorful cartoon. In turn, children probably are hypnotized. The general conclusion in the media today is that we are watching too much TV.

With satellite television and packages like Dish Network with almost 300 channels, there are so many choices that people watch TV at their free time without giving it a second thought. There is something for every set of tastes and interests. Many parents come from work, get a TV dinner and turn on the TV. Of course, their children follow in their footsteps. This is the typical way of life of an average American family.

Television, video games and the Internet are all combining to consume more and more of our time. Children and teens are often spending up to eight hours a day or more engaged in some sort of digital entertainment. The wonders of the modern video game system and the vast offerings of the Internet have a plethora of fantastic offerings.

It is easy to blame TV for kids’ obesity and lack of interest in outdoor activities. But, where did they acquire such habits? Usually these tendencies are inherited from parents. Parents are supposed to chose programs appropriate for their kids, and discuss what is shown. Yet, many parents chose to park their kids in front of the TV, as a sort of cheap babysitter, or passively watch whatever is on screen without any active participation. Television, especially satellite television, has opened up new horizons for people who have never left their hometowns. They can learn about different cultures, strange animals, wars, and environmental problems. This is a world they would never see otherwise.

It is up to parents to control how their children spend their free time. Just like they have a responsibility to monitor with whom their kids socialize, parents also need to make sure that their children do not watch inappropriate programs on TV. After all, there is technology that allows parents to limit the channels children watch by blocking inappropriate content.

It is also up to parents to organize activities that are not linked to the TV and to encourage their children to participate in their various interests including sports, dance, or play. Parents can also monitor what their children like on television and use these ideas as a tool for learning. For example, if children like music channels, why not get them an instrument and encourage them to learn to play? If they like to watch football, why not convince them to join a team? Vast choices of programs, particularly on satellite TV, should open people’s horizons and show them what else is available!

Satellite TV is a growing industry and with companies like the Dish Network and others competing for our attention someone needs to keep track of it all and that’s what James Darren does.

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Darren, James "How To Encourage Healthy TV Habits In Kids." How To Encourage Healthy TV Habits In Kids. 24 Jul. 2010. 11 Mar 2016 <>.

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