My three year old loves “Bubbleguppies”.
And “Dora the Explorer”.
I know the theme tunes off by heart.
It does my head in.
I’m comfortable allowing Little Miss Three some screen time and, to some degree, I rest easier knowing these shows are often as educational as they are entertaining. And it’s no coincidence that “LM3” knows more Spanish than I do thanks to Dora and her bi-lingual friends.
But I’ve got to keep a sharp eye on things as she gravitates closer to the back-lit screen and zones out to the real world. She becomes transfixed and unresponsive… unless the streaming starts buffering…
I think all parents can agree that TV is no substitute for parental attention and should not serve the purpose of a babysitter. But, for those of us running on empty and attempting to calm the hungry yells of a younger, much more dependent, sibling… well, just one short animated episode of her cartoon “du jour” can be an absolute godsend.
The problem is, LM3 is slowly getting to know what some of the key TV remote buttons do. She’ll often turn it off and protest loudly when she can’t navigate her way back to Netflix or Lightbox. With this presence of mechanical mind comes some uncertainty.
What if she accidentally starts watching something more explicit?
What if she manages to pause at the wrong moment and spots some surreptitiously-inserted imagery (read more here)?
Well, for those of you who share these concerns, Netflix and Lightbox have respective solutions (apart from that “Maya the Bee” episode which has since been pulled from Netflix). There are simple steps you can take to ensure your Little Miss or Master is limited to quality, age-appropriate programming.
Helpful Lightbox tips are here.
About the writer: I’m Royce, father of two amazing daughters, writer of words and hopeful optimist. I write for Safe Surfer because I’m concerned at the effect pornography is having on our youth and the growing minds of today. My hope is that we can create a safer and more positive online experience for our children.