Talk Back to Television!

While we would never advocate talking in movie theatres, we do advocate "talking back" to your TV while watching with your family. While in many cases (an engrossing movie, for instance) you should wait for the commercial break, sometimes it is best to make comments right away during the show. Making comments back to "talking heads" and commenting on silly claims made in commercials helps children know that it isn't true just because it was on TV, and helps them draw a line between the tube and their own thinking.

If you are watching a program that shows a violent act, talk to your child about other ways to solve problems without hurting others. Use issues in television programs as an opening for family discussion!

Helpful Reading:

Talking With Kids About Violence

How to Talk to Your Kids About the News

Tips for Parents with Children Who See Difficult Images on Television