- The best gift you can give your young children is one-on-one time with caring adults. Minimize media for the first couple years of your child’s life and read, play outside, do art projects, problem solve, snuggle, and talk!
- Encourage people in your family to practice “appointment television.” Turn the TV on to watch a show; turn it off when it is over. You may not notice background violence on television, but no doubt it has caught your young child’s attention.
- If your child does get scared or anxious around media, be sure to turn it off and comfort and soothe your child. This helps them understand that the world is a safe place.
- Follow the ratings. If older kids want to play a more mature video game, make sure that they are in another room than younger children. (Though try to keep screens out of the bedroom!)
- Model good conflict resolution in your household and make sure that there are consistent consequences for violent or disrespectful behavior.
* Watching children respond to different kinds of TV shows can be an eye opening experience. Watch our "Barney vs. Power Rangers" experiment to see what we mean!