Television has often become the babysitter of the home when parents cannot attend to their children. A risky kangaroo in any case, cannot be a substitute for parental care.  Few parents regulate and control their children’s use of television sometimes due to ignorance and sometimes due to lack of time. However, not all contents are suitable for children and adolescents.

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How children and teenagers use television

Programs designed little television for children. The whole family ends up watching the reality shows on duty, the gossip programs or the day’s contest. Programs entertain but are not very educational especially seen inappropriately. It is convenient to reflect on what our children like about television and how they use it. For greater clarity, we will distinguish between children and adolescents, because they are two clearly differentiated stages that demand different actions.

Children up to 10 years old:

1 They live it with passion: they like it a lot. They love the songs, the colors and the speed of the images.

2 Older people are excited about the ads.

3 They often watch the videos or DVDs that they like and repeat the dialogues and songs from memory.

4 The most children get up early from bed, especially on weekends and go straight to the television to watch the cartoon shows.

5 Regarding the use of TV, they still obey their parents, although with more or less resistance. However, they are at a very good age to be able to educate them and instill habits and values.

Adolescents:

1 Curiously, they are, according to the audience studies, the ones who least watch the family television. They start to be autonomous and have many interests.

2 If they do not have alternatives, they tend to watch television. In addition, of course, they turn on the television when they are alone at home.

3 Many times, they watch television to the detriment of their homework if they little motivated by the study.

4 Sometimes they stop going out with friends or doing other activities to watch TV. However, it depends on the character of the teenager.

5 The elderly do not program their television consumption, but tend to have preferences: the same chain, the same series.

6 They seduced by teenage films and music.

7 They tend to go to bed late to watch television.

Key points for the use of family television

It is essential that parents set an example to their children by regulating television time themselves and the way they use it. It is not convenient that the TV is always turned on at home. On the contrary, the convenient thing is that it is normally off. We must try not to use television at important moments or rituals of the day: meals dinners, moments of conversation.

Help your children watch TV by selecting the programs and watching them together. Talk about the content of the programs they see together, criticizing the negative aspects and praising the positive ones. Help them to question the programs they see to develop their critical spirit about television. Schedule alternative activities to television: sports, crafts, languages, reading or games. Prepare together family activities for some day or for weekends.  Regulate compulsive use of the video or DVD and carefully select the movies they watch. Talk a lot with the children and worry about their personal development and their concerns.

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Television has often become the babysitter of the home when parents cannot attend to their children. A risky kangaroo in any case, cannot be a substitute for parental care.  Few parents regulate and control their children's use of television sometimes due to ignorance and sometimes due to lack of...