American Psychological Association

ACT home

Monitor What Your Children Watch and Play With

  • Follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation and don’t let your children under the age of 2 years watch TV.
  • Limit the number of hours per day your children can spend with TV, video games, and computer.
  • Allow TV and video games only after homework and family responsibilities are done.
  • Keep TV, computer and video games out of bedrooms so you can supervise your children.
  • Explain to your children which shows and games they can or cannot watch and play and the reasons for that.
  • Watch TV or play video games with your children as much as possible.
  • Tell your children to talk to you when they are scared, confused, or afraid about something they saw on TV or a movie.
  • Avoid giving violent toys to your children or others.