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A guide for the better use of TV for children

  • by the age of 18 years, the average child has spent more time watching television than attending school1
  • television has a major influence upon the health and development of children in Australia and New Zealand
  • different children are affected by television in different ways

"Getting in the picture" brochureWith the above in mind, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) published a booklet 'Getting in the picture: a parent's and carer's guide for the better use of television for children' (PDF, 155KB) which provides parents and carers with information about how to make television viewing a more useful and positive activity for children, with information under the following headings:

  • when and how we watch TV
    • viewing habits of children and families
    • what influences the viewing habits of children and families?
    • obesity and fitness
    • how we can improve a child's television experience
    • family problems
    • what you can do
  • what we watch
    • what children understand at different ages
    • television and play
    • television and learning
    • children and advertising
    • social stereotypes
    • suicide
    • children with developmental problems
    • what you can do

References

  1. Royal Australasian College of Physicians. 1999. Getting in the picture: a parent's and carer's guide for the better use of television for children (PDF, 155KB) [Accessed 31/03/2015]
This page last reviewed 30 March 2015
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