After debates and discussion try to implement the rules one by one. No rush. Go slow.
All multimedia activity –
watching/playing happens in living room. No exception to the rule. None
of the kids can have their own TV/computer/videogames sets in their
room. Move all the multimedia channels to the living room where you can
supervise. Take control.
Zero tolerance policy: Violence in
media – TV, videogames, movies and music videos – is unacceptable.
At the first sight of violence the only available option is: TURN IT OFF. It does not make any difference how artistic or creative the program is or who has directed or acted. If it is violent, it gets no better treatment than any other violent media program. Period.
Particularly turn off those violent
promotions announcing future programs. These promos tell kids what they
can expect in subsequent programs. Violent promos are more dangerous
than actual programs.
If your kid/s want to
watch/buy/rent/play violent videogames or movies, just say ‘NO, SORRY’.
Don’t pay for it and tell them that they cannot use their own money for
buying/ renting/watching violent videogames or movies.
This is very important and the most creative rule of the five. Ask your kid/s to help you to help them. It is important to keep them engaged once you free up their time. Ask them to come up with projects and ideas you all can get involved. Any concept that would keep them away from multimedia is good.Make it a one-week, one-rule policy and implement them in any order you feel comfortable with. Give them time to settle down to each rule. Be firm on its implementation and extend all your help for any other concessions requested