While TV programs can inform, educate, and entertain, not all programs are suitable for all audiences. The popularity and abundance of reality TV shows has the potential to create confusion about what is appropriate to share publicly and what behaviors are socially acceptable.

Here are some tips to help you make sure your family can relax in front of the TV without the risk of exposure to something inappropriate:

  • Do your homework before you or your children watch a show.
  • Learn how to program your v-chip and use your cable provider’s parental controls.
  • Watch with your child.
  • Establish a media use contract with each child in your family.

Go to pta.org/tvtipsheets to learn more.