WCTE Gets into the Holiday Spirit with Parades, PBS Kids, and More!
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December 3rd - McMinnville Christmas Parade
December 4th - Cookeville Christmas Parade
December 10th - Crossville Christmas Parade
For children older than 2 years, media limits are very appropriate. The AAP says to limit screen use to no more than 1 hour or less per day of high-quality programming, such as that offered by PBS KIDS. Co-view or co-play with your children, and find other activities for to do together that are healthy for the body and mind (e.g., reading, teaching, talking, and playing together).
All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity (1 hour), and time away from media. Designate media-free times together (e.g., family dinner) and media-free zones (e.g., bedrooms). Children should not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, including TVs, computers, and smartphones.
Parents are encouraged to develop personalized media use plans for their children. Media plans should take into account each child's age, health, personality, and developmental stage. Create your Family Media Use Plan here and remember to communicate your plan to other caregivers, such as babysitters or grandparents, so that media rules are followed consistently.
Just as the AAP advises parents to spend time interacting with screens with their children, children want parents to engage with them. The holidays don't have to be about buying things, but more about just spending time together. And you can always visit PBS Parents to find inspiration for games the entire family will enjoy.
One way to engage with your child is to watch favorite programs together and discuss some of the topics covered. The new PBS KIDS show Splash and Bubbles, which teaches about teamwork, being part of a comunity, exploring the world around you, and social skills, is a great place to start.
“SPLASH AND BUBBLES emphasizes the important social-emotional skills needed to help kids discover the interconnectivity among all living creatures, while creating an understanding of the variety of life that exists under the sea, fostering an appreciation for the biodiversity in our ocean,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “PBS KIDS is committed to using the power of media to build science skills to help inspire children to explore the fascinating world of marine biology and the wonder that makes up the majority of our planet’s surface."
Through the adventures of Splash and Bubbles, we hope to inspire environmentalism, empathy and curiosity about the vast world of marine biology,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “We hope the series becomes a starting point for children to build confidence in their ability to make a difference in our environment and inspires a lifetime of learning.”
Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.