Television programs are a big topic in many homes that house those little rugrats we call kids. Usually it’s easy to control what our children watch with the touch of a parental control button. New technology has made that babysitter button almost mandatory, yet it’s not as easy to lock a channel anymore, not to mention other unmentionable programs that seem so innocent that catch us off guard.
Parents are busy and their ability to control what their children watch on TV is dwindling. This is why it’s important to stay abreast of what your kids are viewing when you can’t be right next to their side, especially when many children have TVs in their bedrooms.
With the advent of online game play such as Xbox Live, comes the ability to watch Youtube videos, Netflix, Hulu, and other online services that many of us don’t assume that our kids are partaking of. We assume they are playing Minecraft with other sixth-graders, but nope, that’s not always the case.
Never let your kids have their own account on any site until you know that they are old enough to handle the content. If you are the account holder, you are in control and are able to monitor the content, even from the office just by checking your own apps and email.
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Have you ever fallen asleep on the sofa, quietly watching a romantic comedy on Cinemax and woken up at two in the morning to find soft porn displayed on your television? I’m sure most of you have… and so have your kids. It’s a channel double-jeopardy. With most children having a television in their bedrooms and cable wired throughout the home, this unfortunately happens all too often.
Channels that air “after-hour” type of movies are easily blocked with the handy remote. It seems silly to block a channel that you pay for when it’s part of a cable package but better safe than sorry.
The commercials that float throughout the TV universe are usually benign, until an ad for erectile dysfunction comes on while watching a show with the kids. No one likes to be asked, “What is ED?” from a ten-year-old and being put on the spot. Therefore, many channels that these are advertised on should be avoided and blocked if possible.
We can’t watch our children all of the time, yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to master the art of subterfuge while letting them have technological freedom.