A Guide To Monitoring Childrens Televison Programming

Doozers 1Like it or not, television is inescapable. The key is learning how to use it wisely especially when it comes to our impressionable young children. Television is best used when it’s a learning tool. Talk about the message the show is trying to send – what are they learning? Letters? Counting? Problem Solving? Make sure it offers value. In addition to monitoring what they watch we have a helpful Guide to Monitoring Children’s Television Programming.

PreNegotiate TV Viewing Lengths

It’s much easier to say you’re 30 minutes starts now or your viewing time is up at 8 – versus negotiating midway through viewing. AAP guidelines recommend that children only watch one to two hours of TV per day. Another alternative is to limit TV to 1 hour on school nights and 2-3hrs a day on weekends. 

Set Hard Limits on When it is NOT Okay to Watch TV

Some good examples of when it’s not okay:

  • During Meals
  • Homework
  • When Parents Aren’t Around
  • When Grades are Poor

Use an Instant Streaming Service

Growing up (before instant streaming) the house rule was to have all our homework done before we could watch TV. My parents made that rule with the best of intentions – that we would get our homework done before becoming distracted by TV. But the motivation worked a little too well – we ended up rushing through our homework in order to watch our shows. By choosing TV shows that can be instantly streamed by services like Hulu, you’re mitigating the amount of influence TV has on your kids schedule. 

Keep A Short List of Acceptable Shows

In addition to pre-negotiating your TV viewing lengths, times and limits  you should also have a list of acceptable shows. We just added a new show to our list: DOOZERS. The animated preschool series focuses on four Doozers kids. They’re a team of best friends dubbed “the Pod Squad,” Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex, and Daisy Wheel. The Pod Squad loves to “DESIGN, CREATE, and INNOVATE.”


These Doozers are DOERS – they put their ideas into action! Our preschoolers follow along to help the team as they take on challenges like designing their very own Doozer Derby racing car, fly in a jetpack, or build a giant life-sized gingerbread house?! 

The Show is the first Hulu Original for kids and comes from The Jim Henson Company (Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid) and DHX Media – the creators of another of our favorite shows SuperWHY. 

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31 thoughts on “A Guide To Monitoring Childrens Televison Programming”

  1. we have parental controls in place on all devices but i still make sure i know what my kids are watching. there’s a lot i don’t want them to see!!

  2. I recently read or heard somewhere that the recommend amout of TV time for 2 year okds and under was none. Dont know how realistic that is..

  3. My kids have set limits too. They get one hour of games and one hour of tv. And games includes everything: ipad, ipod, xbox, netflix, whatever.

  4. It is so important to establish boundaries on screen time! My daughter only watches a little bit, and we stream on the TV while I am sitting nearby working. She loves the Doozers show on Hulu!

  5. Thanks for the tips, I try to stay on top of things even when they’re visiting others. Its good to keep track of things like this.

  6. I have started limiting the time my kids are on electronics period – their attitudes are wayy better when they haven’t been vegging in front of the T.V. or engrossed in their Kindles for hours!

  7. You have to limit the tech time, from tv to computers to games. It’s important to the health of your kids.

  8. I love the picture above! So cute. I totally agree with this: “Set Hard Limits on When it is NOT Okay to Watch TV” – Yup!

  9. I was surprised by how many shows I thought were ok for my son to watch…and actually weren’t! So much violence and the use of words like “stupid” and “idiot” that I don’t think are appropriate for my 3-year-old.

  10. My daughter probably watches too much TV but then we all probably watch too much TV. It just seems to always be on in the background at our house whether we are watching it or not. We have stopped letting her watch some of the bigger kid shows though because at 6 she was picking up some sayings/habits that we didn’t like.

  11. Absolutely no tv on here in the mornings unless my kids have already eaten breakfast, are dressed, have their backpacks packed, teethbrushed… whatever they need to have done to be totally ready to walk out the door for school. Then, if they have time, they can watch an approved show. Otherwise, they get distracted and we are late for school!

  12. My son loves his tv-shows. I usually have no problem with what he watches at home. The problem is when he’s with his dad and he lets him watch horror movies.

  13. They’re sure cute. I bet we’d like this… Super Why is def. a fave, and the Jim Henson Co. is always great without fail.

  14. Very nice tips on setting up TV viewing limits. Doozers sounds like a show my children would have enjoyed when they were preschoolers!

  15. I loved this list- it is so easy to just plop them in front of the TV these days, but there are so many things they don’t need to watch!

  16. Those are great tips! My daughter is older now, but I can see where many would find these helpful for younger age children.

  17. Yep- we have shows that are DVRed so we can know exactly what they are watching. Plus, when the show is over- the TV goes off!

  18. We follow all of these guidelines with our young son. I’ve not checked out the Doozers yet. Will have to do that this weekend (we’re faithful Hulu subscribers!)

  19. My kids watch a lot of their TV on Netflix because that way I know exactly what they are watching!


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