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09/09/2014
It is quite the long debated issue, is television bad for your children? Does it cause attention deficit? Violence? Though there are many studies, there are still quite a few differing opinions on the matter. What we can say for sure, and what we are prepared to share with you today, are some reliable statistics relating to children and television, as well as some tips you can follow if you believe your child is watching too much television at home. 

Statistics:

- Children are more likely to show aggression when they are regularly watching violent acts on television
- Statistically more likely to be overweight are the children that watch more than 4-7 hours a day of television 
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that children who watch non educational television for more than three hours a day are subject to viewing over 8,000 murders before they leave elementary school

Gaining Control

Whether or not you think your child watches a statistically high amount of television or just too much for your liking as his/her parent, we would like to share 9 steps to help you gain control of the amount of television being watched in your home. 

1. Talk to your child

Explain to your child that they have been watching too much television and discuss some possibilities of ways to correct this. 

2. Develop a plan with him or her

Find out their favorite show and set a schedule for watching it. You may choose to record the show or let your child watch it live, either way allowing your child to watch this show around the same time each day/week, is an excellent plan. 

3. Turn it off

If there is nobody in the room actively watching the television, do not leave it on as background noise. 

4. Remove TVs from bedrooms

Having televisions only in rooms where children are supervised is a great way to reduce the amount of time spent watching them. Remember that in order to best demonstrate this to your children, perhaps removing the TV from your own bedroom is a good idea as well. 

5. Provide FUN alternatives

Get your child involved in something that interests him/her. Whether it is organized sports, the arts, after-school programs, reading club, be sure that there is a healthy, fun alternative to television placed in his/her life.

6. Do things together

Museums, parks, zoos, go on adventures with your child. Explore your city. Show them what fun looks like, not sitting in front of a television or other electronic device. 

7. Give rewards for adherence

Reward your child when you are seeing results. Provide a trip to the theater or some other special activity he or she might like as recognition for a job well done. 

8. Lead by example

If your desire is that your child learns to use his/her time responsibly and well, you will have to be the example of these behaviors. Your child looks up to you and will recognize the support from you in this. 

9. Get tutoring

Now that you and your child have extra time, take the opportunity to get him or her extra help in any academic area of struggle. At The Tutoring Center in Bear our professional and dedicated tutors are ready to help your child get back on track. Give us a call to schedule an assessment and for tutoring in Bear, (302) 832-2400!

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