A kid and a TV – bad combination, right? But this is a combination that is seen in many households and one that is most of the time dreaded by concerned parents. The danger is not just when it comes to how often and for how long they want to watch it but also that they might hurt themselves physically because of the electronics connected to power. Here are a few remedies you can try to reduce the probability of such harmful and dangerous outcomes;
Keeping Things Out of Reach
More often than not, remote controls go missing and appear days later in the toy box, the buttons on the cable set up unit get pressed too often, the speakers and their wires become playthings, the TV gets doodled on and is even brought crashing to the floor by a karate chop! It is very difficult to protect and preserve the television set and its component parts with a curious toddler crawling around or a young child trying to figure out how to operate these devices. Even things like antenna installation and antenna repairs in Mandurah needs to be done outside the home where it cannot harm the child and the wires need to be kept out of reach. It is advisable that you mount the TV on the wall where it cannot be reached by the brightly coloured crayons and is not posing the danger of falling onto a child who might accidentally knock it over. Keep the remote controls and other control units and set up boxes in a higher place where they cannot be reached by children.
The “Mommy I want to Watch Some More!”
Most of us have heard this protest almost on a daily basis when the TV is turned off or the channel is changed to one that does not have a cartoon on it. Dealing with this has been a problem for parents through the years, but can be dealt with by setting ground rules and sticking to them. This is most effective if done earlier on, but even now it might not be too late to bring some discipline into the TV watching. Set a time every day for watching TV – maybe an hour or so – and turn it off or change the channel when the time is up. Explain this process to your kid and make sure you stick to your word and don’t give in to the pleas. It will be difficult to put this process into place, but once your child gets accustomed to it, he will learn what the limit is and to enjoy watching TV only during the set time.
The Accidents that Happen Too Often
There have been so many instances when the TV was the reason for an accident where your kid got hurt, isn’t it? The wires and plugs if unprotected can cause electrocution if touched by an unsuspecting toddler or child. So it makes sense to have the wires properly covered and preferably bundled together and any extra-long cords tied up so that your kid would not find himself tangled in a mess of wire cords if he decides to play with them. Also, keep any open outlets and sockets protected with tape so that those tiny inquisitive fingers will not find their way in to them and get hurt.