I am one of those parents that thinks watching television is good thing for your family. I actually think it can be educational and a unique teaching tool. We have even used shows to help my daughter deal with bullying. And we love our family movie nights. But I do like to know what my daughter is watching because I don't want her to watch something that she is too young to understand or something that will give her nightmares. So I have created my tips for kid safe streaming.
Set Time Limits. Sometimes I let my daughter watch a show or I set a timer. Either way, I am making sure that she has limited screen time. I make sure she rests her eyes and does other activities. She loves to craft. We also like to going outside or to the park. I also don't let her watch any shows after school until after snack and homework time. This is our schedule, but yours may differ. Do what works for your family.
Preview Shows Beforehand. Is your kid asking to watch that one show, but isn't quite old enough based on the rating? You know your child best. Pre-watch the show to make sure you think your child can handle it.
Create a Unique Profile. Netflix has not only a kids profile that provides access to kid appropriate material, but you can also create a profile just for your child. With this feature, you can know exactly what they are watching to make sure it is not mixed up with yours shows. It can also be helpful if you have children in different age groups like I do.
Watch Shows Together and Discuss. My daughter loves My Little Pony and I think it is a great show because it does cover important issues concerning friendship as well as being entertaining, but I want to make sure she understood what the important lesson she was suppose to learn. So after watching an episodes together, we will talk about it. It has been amazing to me the things she picks up that I didn't.
You don't want your child watching something that you aren't ready to discuss with them. But if they do have any questions about something they are watching, make sure you try to answer the best you can. Brushing their questions off can do more harm than good. Remember streaming different shows can be both beneficial and educational for your child. Netflix has a ton of great original shows as well with children of all ages in mind. So get your stream on!
What are your tips for kid safe streaming?
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