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Show By Your Example

Think out loud and say something like "I am not watching this program; it is too violent," or "I don't like to watch people hurting each other even when it is pretend," then change the channel to a nonviolent program.

  • Don't watch inappropriate violent TV shows when your children are present.
  • Schedule limited TV viewing hours for yourself.
  • Don’t keep the TV on all the time.

Play/read books, draw, do puzzles, sing, or listen to music with your children to show that there are fun alternatives to TV and
video games.

Turn off the TV when violence in a program becomes apparent; have your children do other things with you that they would enjoy.