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Television - a guide for parents

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Watching TV is a common form of entertainment and relaxation for many families. While a third of programs are now viewed on computers or other screens, TV is still the main way families watch programs.

TV provides a window into the world for children. It is important that parents help them get the most from their viewing and have a balance of activities and interests in their life.

More information

There is more to read in the Parent Easy Guide 7: Television Prepared by Parenting SA A partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. 

Parenting SA  has more Parent Easy Guides including 

Raising Children Network Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government. For parenting information, including TV and screen viewing

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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