Parental controls

July 29, 2009

Most likely one of the toughest chapters in 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family is chapter 14.  How can I say that when we are only half way through the book?  Because television takes center stage in most of our homes, and because most of us know that a majority of programs, as well as commercials are not good for us, let alone our kids.  We know it but feel at a loss to do anything about it.

I won’t even go into the details Rebecca Hagelin sites; you already know the thought behind it; a majority  TV is awful, many programs are down right dangerous or damaging for children, and the much of the rest is a wast of time.

But let’s face it, we all like to waste a little time every now and then, so what should we do?

Hagelin makes several suggestions, such as learn how to use the parental control on your television and change the code frequently; set limits to how much your child can watch, and plan your television viewing.  But probably her best advise woudl be to watch TV with your kids.

If you are even trying to teach your kids right from wrong, an hour or so with your kids can be a great learning experience.  Ask a few simple questions during the commercials (This serves an additional benefit of avoiding a lot of commercials.)  What does this character believe about themselves?  How does that compare with what God thinks?  How is their behavior right or wrong?  What would you do differently?  Why do you think …(fill in the blank.)  By talking to your kids, and asking questions you can learn what they are thinking, and they can learn what you (and God) think.  All of your core beliefs will probably be attacked in any given week of television viewing, so this can be the time to not only fight back, but to arm your kids.  Rather than simply saying, that’s awful, turn it off, talk about why it is awful in light of God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s view of people.

The point is these can be times to discuss trusting God, loving others and making wise decisions.  One of which could be to turn off the TV and going for a walk.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, 2009, Rebecca Hagelin, Regenery Press

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