December 17, 2012

Every time you ask a question about your TV, even if it doesn’t answer back, you’re doing the right thing.

You are becoming more media literate.

It’s perfectly fine to ask questions about the pervasive influence of commercials, the content of programming, and the seductive spell cast by the glow of the flat screen (or tube, if you’ve got an old-enough set that still works).

The task becomes a critical one for parents as they grind their teeth in anxiety over making TV their children’s electronic babysitter.

A new online guide, produced jointly by three groups, helps clarify the issues for parents and grandparents.

Called Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education, the 27-page guide can be found online at http://commercialfreechildhood.org/sites/default/files/facingthescreendilemma.pdf.