Recently, there was a fellow in Oregon who purchased a new television. He was in for a big surprise. This particular TV inadvertently emitted the International Distress Signal and he soon had law enforcement banging at his front door.
As amusing as this story is, as a parent, you probably wish your television would emit signals whenever something came on that could harm your children. Brief TV ratings getting flashed during a program is not enough. You need more.
Here are a few suggestions. If your child has a TV in their room, consider taking it out. Initially, you’ll get some blow back from them, but it’s for their good. And your job as a parent is to protect them. Also, set a schedule and only allow your kids to watch certain, pre-approved programs at certain times in the family room. You may even want to record the shows so your children can fast-forward through the commercials (which can be objectionable as well). And finally, whatever TV time you decide is best for your family, try to have everyone watch shows together. You’ll personally be able to monitor programs and use them as object lessons and teachable moments.