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Channel Surfing

What channels are safe for my child to watch? Here's what other parents have to say.


If you want to get your child a television in his bedroom, consider getting him one that can only house a limited number of channels. We spoke to many parents, and here's what some of them felt.

"Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet and The History Channel are all very educative, and we encourage our children to watch these channels. I go through my children's textbooks so that I am familiar with what he is going to be learning at school, and then every morning, when I read the paper, I see what programmes are coming on these channels. I then direct my children's attention to programmes concerning his schoolwork. You will be surprised at the interest they show!"


  • Mohini Chandela, 32, works at a call center
  • "Children love cartoons, and they need light entertainment as well. It would be completely unfair if all we let them watch on television was educative programmes. Children need a balance. However, I didn't want my child to be glued to cartoons 24/7 and so I dropped Cartoon Network. My child watches cartoons that come on other channels, such as Zee TV and Nickelodeon. These cartoons are shown at certain timings, and my child looks forward to seeing them as and when they are aired."


  • Swati Jhangiani, 35, Lawyer

    "I see little need to have Fashion Television tuned in to any child's television. This channel is fine for those in the industry, for those who have a keen sense or interest in fashion, or for adults. I tuned out this channel from my 10 year old's television set, and of course he doesn't miss it at all."

  • Ram Joshi, 38, Journalist

    "ZMZ shows wonderful English movies, but often the movies shown are not suitable for children. You could keep Hallmark instead. Also, Star Moves and HBO may stay or go, depending on your child's age."

  • Mitali Ramchandani, 27, Eye surgeon

    "I wouldn't want my child to ever get hooked on to soaps such as Kyonki Saas etc, so I don't have Star Plus in my child's television. He also doesn't have Sony or Zee TV. This way he watches some of his favourite programmes, like Jassi, with the rest of the family, and only goes inside to watch channels like Discovery.

  • Ritika Rastogi, 33, Merchandiser

    "My child's television has only 15 channels. I have tuned in all the education channels, news channels, and children's channels, so I know that when my child is watching television in his room, I really don't have to worry about what he may be watching. We have all the channels in the living room, so my child watches television with the rest of the family at night."

  • Rakhee Mehta, 29, Law Student

    "I don't really worry about what my child may be watching on television, since everything is well censored. The only worry I have is what the private cablewallahs show. As a result, I don't have any private cable channels. The print is also often so poor, and we watch all the new Hindi movies in the cinema."

  • Prerana Dayal, 41, shop owner
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    Disha.4 years ago
    . kids are rebels at the best of times, and forcing what you think is best for them down their throats is not the best approach. not every child wants to watch 'adult' programmes. and here adult programmes are on the subscribe channels and late at night, i don't know about you but when i was ten years old i was in bed by 9pm, so i didn't get to see 'adult' programmes not that i had any interest in such things at the age of 10. yes, i agree there are some programmes that children should never see
     
     
     
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    Bela.7 years ago
    i am always on the safer side. i have done the setting of my tv channels according to our requirement. i have locked the adults channel. the locking system have a code. if you want to remove an adult channel, it is very simple. just to on that particular channel and untune it....
     
     
     
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    Amanda.7 years ago
    ever thought about asking the kids themselves what they want to watch? i do not regard myself as a child, but i know that if my parents tried to force me to watch an 'educational' programme the more i would say no. kids are rebels at the best of times, and forcing what you think is best for them down their throats is not the best approach. not every child wants to watch 'adult' programmes. and here adult programmes are on the subscribe channels and late at night, i don't know about you but when i was ten years old i was in bed by 9pm, so i didn't get to see 'adult' programmes not that i had any interest in such things at the age of 10. yes, i agree there are some programmes that children should never see, but making them watch the 'discovery' channel as a form of entertainment in their rooms, is not the way to go, i don't think.
     
     
     
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