Kids are all about entertainment and having fun, but parents want to make sure the kids' TV, songs and movies are appropriate. Kids can get an education that they're not quite ready for if television and music choices are misguided, and contrary to the difficulty of keeping track of pre-teens' entertainment choices, helping younger children choose the right programming is relatively easy.
From the time they are infants, kids love music. Music makes everything, from cleaning up to learning math, more fun. Add a simple jingle and suddenly learning has become a game. Refresh your own knowledge of nursery rhymes and children's songs, and ask your child's preschool or elementary school teacher for printouts of songs the children learn at school so that you can sing them at home too.
Many of the shows on television today are full of sexual innuendo, violence, drugs, and alcohol. Research shows that children can be affected by what they see on TV. To combat this, many parents restrict television usage or eliminate it completely. For a less drastic approach, turn to kids' programming for wholesome viewing that kids enjoy. Favorites include:
- Wonder Pets
- Dora the Explorer
- The Backyardigans
- Go Diego Go
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy
- Blue's Clues
- Max & Ruby
- Spongebob Squarepants
Networks like Disney, Kids' WB, and Nickelodeon offer both educational and entertaining shows for children. Since even kids' shows vary in their maturity levels and content, parents should still supervise their kids' television shows.
We offer information on a variety of kids' movies at LoveToKnow Movies. Use the same discretion with movies as you do with television, keeping in mind that the ratings system is not foolproof, and that even the movies that are rated for your child's age group may not be appropriate in your eyes. Stick with Disney animation if you're not sure, and preview other movies yourself to find out if you think it's okay for your child.
This process of previewing movies can also be applied to music and television. Watch an episode of the show before allowing your child to watch it, or look up song lyrics online to determine if given music is acceptable. Keeping track of your kids' entertainment will help ensure that all the good role modeling you do is not counteracted by poor taste in the media.