Television acts as “the main story teller, baby-sitter and molder of public opinion,” notes Not in the Public Interest-Local TV News in America, a report compiled by a media-watch group in the United States. “TV is all around us …….. Like secondhand smoke, it’s in the air.” And just as secondhand smoke is harmful, so absorbing hours and hours of TV programs indiscriminately selected has a damaging effect-especially on children.
How can you control the influence of negative TV programs on your children? The report list some tips. Some of these tips include the following
- Plan and limit your TV viewing. Set limits on when children can watch. Do not put a TV set in children’s room
- Put a globe next to the TV so that the children can look up the places they see in programs
- Watch television with your children so that you can explain such things as the difference between fantasy and reality. Many children under the age of ten can not always tell the difference
- Move the television away from the prominent location in your room. Place the TV set in a cabinet, behind closed doors. It will make it a little harder to turn it on and channel surf.