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.
· 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.
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).