Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top Ten Viewing Tips for Television

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top Ten Viewing Tips for Television

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These guidelines for parents were published by Dennis-Yarmouth (Mass.) Regional Schools and C-3 (TV), the local-access cable channel, as a community service.

1. Watch TV with your children. Ask questions about shows; initiate discussion about themes and topics.

2. Let TV expand and enlarge your world. Find related books and magazines at your public library. Keep an atlas or globe next to the TV set, and find places mentioned in the news. 3. Talk back to your television. Question what you see and hear on TV while watching with your children. Challenge or support the ideas presented. 4. Discuss how conflicts on TV are resolved. Is there unnecessary violence? Does the violence portrayed include the real-life consequences? Discuss options for solving the conflict without using violence. 5. Use TV as an opportunity to introduce your own values on topics such as drugs, alcohol, and appropriate sexual conduct. 6. Ask your children who is being stereotyped in a program. …

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