The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


TV watch

Seeing how your kids look at the screen helps teach them to be media-wise

It was easy to enlist my kids' cooperation when I asked them to watch TV with me for a magazine article I was writing. The hard part was facing the truth about what that exercise taught us: We're a pretty typical American family of couch potatoes.

But there is hope, according to the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family. The nonprofit organization's mission is to maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of media on children and families through research, education and advocacy. The institute created a resource kit to help teach parents, educators and community leaders about the power of television and such other pervasive media influences as the Internet, video games and music.

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