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Media Rehab - Phase I & 2

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Using example dates, the build-up to this program
works like this. Announce the Media Rehab Program on 1st June:
- Debate/Discussion violence in multimedia from June 1 to 15.
- Pre-Media Rehab from June 16 to 30.
- Media Rehab from July 1 to 30.
- Post-Media Rehab from August 1 to 30.

We will trace all the phases on the above timeline
for ease of understanding.    

 

Phase I: Discussion and Debate on violent
content in media

 Encourage your children to talk about the subject.
Give copies of available reports if they can read or
explain your plan. Encourage them to make contributions.
Engage them in conversation. Talk. Talk. Talk. This is
crucial and important. Pick up a medium for discussion
each day, like TV on Monday, videogames on Tuesday
and talk about the kind of violent programs broadcasted
and allow them to express their opinion, to say whatever
they want to say, right or wrong. You are preparing the
ground for next two phases.

 Phase II: Pre-Media Rehab

In this phase we will be doing exactly the same as that
which happens in actual Media Rehab with the difference
that you will not be closely monitoring the kids. You
are telling them the rules and leaving it for them to
manage. There are only two rules in Pre-Media Rehab.

1.       They cannot watch/play programs/games not
suitable for their age;

2.       They should submit ‘Daily Rehab Slips’ everyday
before they go to bed.  

Pre-Media Rehab requirements: Daily Rehab Slips

Announce that for the next 15 days, your children should
give you Daily Rehab Slips before they go to bed. Get
the format (below) printed and make it available for
completing every day. It is mandatory.

What they need to do is to write their name, age, date,
name of the program, time they started watching that
program and time they ended watching it. Total time
spent. On the next column they have to enter a rating
for the TV program as broadcasted and if rating is not
displayed mention ‘No Rating’. The same rule applies
for videogames/Internet games and movies whether
TV, video or on the big screen. If kid/s are very
young and cannot fill out the form, the elder kid or
Blue Hawk should help.

Daily Rehab Slip: (format)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               

** If no rating say so (For ratings go to “Ratings to Watch: Videogames/TV/Movies – Last chapter of Part –II).

But, there are penalties for breaking the rules.

Rule 1: Kids cannot watch programs that are not suitable to their age. Any violation, they don’t get to watch any multimedia for the next two days.

Rule 2: They should give you the Daily Rehab Slips every day before they go to bed. No excuses. If they don’t, they are off any multimedia the next day.

If they break both the rules on the same day, they will not have access to any multimedia for the next three days. If they have not watched any multimedia on any day they should give a blank Daily Rehab Slip with their name, age, date and signature.

 Being strict and tough on these rules is the only way to make it work. Success of Phase II will ensure the smooth sailing of Phase III.

When they physically handover the slips (during the Pre-Media Rehab days) just take it and ensure it has name, date and signature (they will feel important and responsible if they sign it). Just listen to the issues they encounter and help them to solve the problems if any.  

While receiving Daily Rehab Slips during pre-rehab days please do not make any comments, no lectures, no shouting, nothing. Just accept the slip and keep it safe. These 15 days are a trial period to help resolve any issues that might come up.

At the end of 15th day, pick up all the 15 White Slips, total up the time they have watched and average it (total # of hours by total # days). For example, Jimmy was on multimedia say for 61 hours during 15 days. The average hours watched per day would be 61/15= 4.06 hours a day, which is more than four hours a day.

Benchmark hours of watching

Now let us try to create some benchmark ‘levels’ of watching. What we are doing here is creating time slots based on the number of hours of multimedia watching and assigning it levels. If the average media watching/playing is:

 

1.       More than four hours a day –assigned level – Danger level.

2.       Between three to four hours a day – assigned level – Concern level

3.       Between two to three hours a day – assigned level – Caution level

4.       Between one to two hours a day – assigned level – Alert level.

5.       Less than one hour a day – assigned level – Hug and Kiss level.
(All classifications are mine.)

Based on above let us assign a level to Jimmy. Jimmy has watched, during the last 15 days 61 hours of multimedia and averages 4.06 hours on daily basis. That would fit him on ‘More than four hours a day – assigned level – Danger level’.

 Let us see how these levels work.

 Media Rehab Program Period – calculation table

How to calculate Media Rehab weeks:

Now we have the average number of hours kids have spent on multimedia in the previous 15 days.

You can put them on a four-week (maximum – four hours plus watchers) rehab program to bring down the watching levels to one hour a day by the end of week four. Assuming Jimmy’s daily average is 4.06 hours how do we arrange his time?

The first column of the table below determines the Media Rehab program your children would fall into. If they average more than four hours, they would go on the four-week program. If they average between three to four hours, they will go on a three-week program. If they average between two to three hours, they would go on a two-week program. If between, one to two hours, they would go on a one-week program. If they are averaging less than an hour a day, give them a big hug and kiss and grant them a wish, if you can. They deserve it. They don’t need to be on this program.

Media Rehab Weeks:

# Hours a day watchers

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

4 hours plus

 4 Hours

3 Hours

2 Hours

1 Hour

Between 3-4 hours

3 Hours

2 Hours

1 Hour

 

Between 2-3 hours

2 Hours

1 Hour

 

 

Between 1-2 hours

1 Hour

 

 

 

 Jimmy has an average of 4.06 hours and he will go with the four-week Media Rehab program.  

 What is the meaning of a four-week, Media Rehab Program? It means that Jimmy can watch/play four hours of multimedia every day during the first week, three hours during week two, two hours during week three and one hour during week four on all days of the week. When we say of multimedia we mean and include – TV, videogames, movies – video, TV, big screen and Internet.
 

 What can Parents do?

a. Watch what your kids watch/hear.
b. Say 'NO' to any content you think objectionable.
b. Move all media to living room - Move TV, Video game and others and discourage personal entertainment systems in children rooms
c. Limit Multimedia time to two hours per day - Max.
d. Setup 'Media Rehab' at home and use the 'Media Rehab Tool' to help children get out of current media trap.
 

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Did You Know

*US Surgeon General has Placed TV violence controversy in the same context as smoking and lung cancer?

*The average 12 year old has seen 8000 murders and 100,000 act of violence on network television?

* It is estimated the average child see more than 20,000 commercial every year-that works out to 55 commercials per day.

* Kids marketing experts estimate that children under 12 influence family purchases exceeding $500 billion.

 

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