Questions to Ask Parents
- How much time does your child or children spend in front of the television, playing video games, or on the internet?
- Do your family values impact what you allow your children to watch on TV and movies, or the video or computer games they are allowed to play?
- Is the time in front of TV monitored by an adult?
- Do you have parental controls or any filtering device for your TV or internet?
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a maximum of 1 hour daily
- Do you plan your TV watching in advance?
- Do you write down and post this schedule anywhere?
- Do you screen TV shows and movies prior to allowing your children watch them?
- Do you record or DVR positive shows that may be on during the day?
- Do you allow TV to be on during dinner?
- Does child have TV in bedroom?
- Do you research or play the video games before purchasing?
- Does the rating or package help you determine which games to purchase?
- Do you know if video games are online enabled?
- Do video games include live chat?
- Do you know what “Mods” are?
- Are the games played by children single or multi-player?
- Does anyone else in family play violent video games in front of children?
AAP research shows single player games have an increased risk of isolation
AAP encourages parents or older siblings to model the desired behavior for children.
- Where is the computer located within your home?
- Do you set time limits for amount of usage?
- Do you use parental controls on the computer?
- Do you have a family “internet safety guidelines”?
AAP encourages more centrally located computer for increased oversight.
AAP recommends the creation, review, and placement near the computer monitor.