Place limits on television
Studies have shown that students who watch too much television are more likely to receive poor grades. Time in front of the television can be better spent studying for a test, reading a book or even working on a puzzle with family members. Try to set limits like these:
One hour of TV each school night is a good limit to consider. Another approach is to reduce your child's TV viewing from three hours to two--then later try reducing it to just one hour. Supervise your children's TV viewing and guide their decisions on which programs are appropriate to watch. (For more information on parental guidelines and the TV rating system, visit www.tvguidelines.org/). Early in the evening, check the TV listings and identify programs that may have violent or otherwise inappropriate themes. If you receive cable television, The Discovery Channel and its related channels, The Learning Channel and Animal Planet, have programs that are both entertaining and educational. For details, visit them online at www.discovery.com.