There is a lot of responsibility that goes with being a parent. For example, constantly buying new clothes, waking up early, turning into the personal taxi and many other things.
On top of all of that, keeping your children away from media violence is a daily battle as well.
The news can be one the best sources of information but it can also be full of violence, suggestive themes and opinions and views you may not want your child to be exposed to. However, the news is not the only culprit.
TV in general is basically littered with things that can damage a child’s view of the world. The worst part is the fact that you can’t even trust the age rating on shows these days.
The problem with this is the fact that a child’s mind is like a sponge. Everything they see, hear and experience gets soaked up and contributes to the type of mentality that they grow up with.
So, if your child is exposed to a large amount of negativity, the chances become higher that they will have a negative outlook on the world when they get older. On the other hand, the more positive things your child is exposed to, the greater the chances are that they will see the world in a positive light later in life.
Mass media isn’t necessarily a bad thing and there are plenty of shows that are entirly safe to watch. However, it is absolutely vital that you watch the things your child watches and make your own determination on whether or not it’s something you want your child to be exposed to.
Here are some tips to take into consideration
• Limit TV Time
It is extremely important that children have time limits on their TV time. The amount of time you choose to allow is entirely up to you. Keep in mind, the less time children are allowed to watch TV, the less chance there will be of exposure to negative things.
On top of that, limiting TV time will create more time for other activities such as family time, homework and playing outside.
• Can Your Child Benefit From What They Watch?
Try and limit the shows your child can watch to shows that they can benefit from in one way or another. While there may be a lot of negative things on TV, there are a lot of informational and educational shows as well.
• Make TV Time A Family Thing
One of the best ways to limit TV time and control what your children watch is to make TV time something you enjoy with your children as a family. If you don’t like something that comes on, simply turn off the TV
• Talk To Your Kids
There will likely be times when your child doesn’t understand why you won’t let them watch certain things. Things usually go over much smoother if a parent explains to their child why they cannot watch certain things instead of simply saying, “Because I said so”.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your child isn’t exposed to violence and other negative things that are blasted all over media.
A child’s mind is a precious thing and it is our duty as parents to do everything possible to protect it. Hopefully you can use these tips to protect yours.