Debate/Discussion violence in multimedia from June 1 to
example dates, the build-up to this program Announce the Media Rehab
Program on 1st June:
works like this.
- Pre-Media Rehab from June 16 to 30.
- Media Rehab from July 1 to 30.
- Post-Media Rehab from August 1 to 30.
will trace all the phases on the above timeline
for ease of understanding.
Phase I: Discussion and Debate on violent
content in media
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.
II: Pre-Media Rehab
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.
cannot watch/play programs/games not
suitable for their age;
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
than four hours a day –assigned level – Danger level.
Between three to four hours a day – assigned level –
Between two to three hours a day – assigned level –
Between one to two hours a day – assigned level – Alert
than one hour a day – assigned level – Hug and Kiss
(All classifications are mine.)
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 –
Let us see how these levels work.
Rehab Program Period – calculation table
How to calculate Media Rehab weeks:
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
4 hours plus
Between 3-4 hours
Between 2-3 hours
Between 1-2 hours
has an average of 4.06 hours and he will go with the
four-week Media Rehab program.
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.