My 4-year old son is a television addict. I know, there’s a school of thought that subscribes to the belief that kids should not be allowed to watch too much TV. I guess I lost this battle a long, long time ago when he learned to say his first few words. “TV ako” (I’ll watch TV) was one of the first phrases he was able to say. So, I did the next best thing – monitor, regulate and police the things he watches on TV.
Having subscribed to Destiny Cable is one of the best investments we ever made. The most kid-friendly TV channel is available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at only Ph450 per month. And that channel is Disney Playhouse. Channel 22, as my son knows it, has all its shows targeted for toddlers. Each show has its unique theme but all of them are educational and really entertaining. My son, for instance, can identify a lot of musical instruments and carpentry tools as a result of watching TV. Disney Playhouse also has its own web page, where games, shows and other information can be found relative to the shows.
Not all TV is bad – I know that now. The most important thing is that parents are aware of what their kids are watching. Of course, it helps if we, parents, can sing along with our kids. Bonding at its best!