TV - How to Cut Back on Your Child's TV Time

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You are taking a positive step by limiting your child's TV and computer time. You have probably already thought about why cutting down on TV or computer time is a good thing. Too much time with the TV or computer can limit time for physical activity, reading, schoolwork, and talking with family and friends.

You can help your child watch less TV by using some of the suggestions below, or you may have other ideas about how to do this successfully for your child and family. Many of these ideas also can help parents limit their own TV time. As you start making plans, think of possible problems ahead that will make it difficult to succeed. Having options for these problems will improve your chances for success.

Remember that your doctor is here to help you and your child. Together we can make these changes work for your family.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child’s treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your child’s test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

What can you do to help your child?

Move the TV and Computer

  • Take the TV and computer out of your child's room.
  • Move the TV from a main room to a back room. The TV will not be as tempting if it is out of sight.

Set goals

  • Limit TV and computer time to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Do not let children younger than 2 watch TV.
  • While your child watches TV, try to watch it with him or her. Talk to your child about what you watch.

Focus on family time

  • Do not watch TV at dinner. Use the time to talk to each other.
  • Make at least one night each week a family night. That means no TV or computer. Play games, read together, or go to an event.
  • Go for a walk or bike ride as a family.
  • Go to the library or to a story time at a bookstore.
  • If you buy an SUV or minivan, do not get a TV installed in the back seat.

Where can you learn more?

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