Take Control of the TV Over the Holidays


The kids are home from school and it's cold outside. Many parents use the TV as a distraction or a babysitter but the '??Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Take Control" is reminding parents to take control of TV viewing by creating TV rules discussing what's appropriate to watch and how long kids are allowed to watch it.

Established by TV Watch, a broad-based coalition of 21 prominent individuals and organizations representing more than 4 million Americans, this campaign uses tutorials, tools and resources to educate parents about ways to ensure TV viewing is based on age, values and culture unique to their family.

Here are some of their tips to help parents take control of the TV this holiday season:

  • Manage Free Time: Children are out of school with more time of their hands. This means more time to watch TV. From the '??Easy As Toast Tutorial'? to the Spanish language '??TV Control'?, TV Watch provides numerous resources to help parents enforce the rules they set during the holidays.
  • Tell Others: Extended family is likely to be in town. Many parents may wish to share their rules and content ratings standards with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members that might be trusted with supervising the children. A great tool to accomplish that goal is the easy to download and print Parent-To-Parent Information Card.
  • Resolve to Learn: As the New Year approaches, and resolutions are made to exercise more, read books or swear off caffeine, consider a resolution to review the ratings and the family'??s TV rules, then learn about the available technologies to enforce those rules. '??TV Tools for Parents 101'? is recommended reading to add to that stack of books you plan to get through in 2012.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.televisionwatch.org/

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