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Tips to use at home
At home, parents have to find new answers to everyday media practice every day. A few tips can be useful in this respect:

How long and when? 
• Help children make a TV schedule and playing schedule for every day; how long, what and when? If you do not agree with their choices, explain why and help them make other choices.
• Agree in advance on the maximum amount of time they are allowed to watch television every day or every week. The same applies to the computer and the Internet.
• Use the video recorder. That way, there is no need to change mealtimes or bedtimes if a programme is broadcast at a bad moment.

 

Own codes
• Make a habit of looking at the Kijkwijzer recommendation.
• Record new programmes on video and play games yourself to see whether the age recommendation suits your children.
• Explain to the children what types of programmes or games are not good for them and why.

Watching together
• Watch or play with your children, if you can, and talk about the programmes and computer games.
• Take care when allowing children to have their own television set or computer in their bedroom. If they watch alone, you, the parent, can exercise less supervision.
• It is better to use a television set or (games) computer in the living room, giving you a better overview of what they are watching or playing.

Be media-aware
• When children ask if they can watch or play, don’t say yes or no automatically, but ask what they want to see or play. This teaches them to make more conscious choices.
• Keep a media use list: how many programmes do children and parents watch a day? How long do they spend behind the screen? How many minutes of advertising do they consume?
• Compare situations on television and in reality (with all sorts of programmes: films, cartoons, advertisements and current affairs programmes). What is absolutely impossible, what is possible but only in faraway places, and what is possible close to home?
 
Talk and listen
· Let children tell you about their thoughts and feelings about programmes and games that excite them. This will allow you to find out whether they are able to watch with the distance required or become too involved in the content
· Discuss how arguments or problems on television or in games are resolved and in what ways it could have been done differently.

Set a good example
If you yourself watch programmes or play computer games not intended for children, you should do so when there are no children around.

Parental control
These days, children have easy access to all kinds of media. It is fun, it is instructive and helps them to establish new contacts. However, many parents do not wish their children to be confronted without warning with everything the media offer. Parental control enables parents, among other things, to disable or limit certain content and services. These parental control functions are often supplied with media devices (game consoles, mobile phones), operating systems (Windows, Apple, Firefox), software and platforms (security software) and television offerings (digital TV channels, satellite TV).



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