Healthy Family Media Suggestions

What TV Shows and movies do your kids watch?

  • David and Jennifer

    Age of kids: 8, 5.5, 2.5, 3 months

    Answer:

    Wild Kratts; Word Girl; Curious George; Daniel Tiger; Dinosaur Train (sometimes); Ready, Jet, Go; Arthur; Super Why; Nature Cat; Paw Patrol

  • Darren and Rebecca

    Age of kids: 16,15,13,11 &11

    Answer:

    Lord of the Rings – The Hobbit; Marvel movies - Age 13+; Soul Surfer - Age 13+; Courage - Age 13+; Grace Unpluggged - Age 13+; The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe Series - Age 10+; Little House on the Prairie - Age 6+

  • Laura and Mason

    Age of kids: 4, 5, 7

    Answer:

    Superbook; RescueBots; Adventures in Odyssey (amazon video) (6-7 yrs); Angelina Ballerina; Ruby's studio (4 yrs); Magic School Bus; Ask the Storybots; Creative Galaxy

What Movies would you recommend for other families to watch

  • Mason and Laura

    Age of kids: 4, 5, & 7

    Answer:

    Leap; The Lorax; Iron Giant

  • Todd and Christy

    Age of kids: 6, 9, 12, & 13

    Answer:

    Miracle Season; Touched by Grace; Heaven is for Real; Miracles from Heaven; A Box of Faith; The Buddies Movies; Courageous

  • Mike and Leah

    Age of kids: 5, 7, 11, & 12

    Answer:

    Every single Rocky Balboa movie. Surprisingly, my kids absolutely loved them! It has a great message and there is nothing inappropriate. We also enjoy the Marvel movies. While some have slight language, it gives our family an opportunity to reinforce that we don't talk like that. (We understand this may not be for everyone)

What radio stations, musical artists, Youtube channels, or other media sources would you recommend to other families from Good News?

  • David and Jennifer

    Age of kids: 8, 5.5, 2.5, 3 months

    Answer:

    Radio Stations: 95.1 My-Bridge, 88.1 KLOVE, & 100.7 KGBI.
    Musical Artists: Toby Mac, Hillsong Young & Free, Britt Nicole, & other artists we hear on the radio stations we listen to or that they hear at church.

  • Darren and Rebecca

    Age of kids: 16,15,13,11 &11

    Answer:

    Radio Stations: 88.1 KLOVE, & 100.7 KGBI.
    Youtube Channels: Jhousevlogs Age 11+ (kids didn’t get tablets until age 11), dramatic parrot art blog, brian hull, dantdm

  • Caleb and Michelle

    Age of kids: 1

    Answer:

    Cocomelon, K Love, P Steven Furtick, GabeBabe TV (Youtube), Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, Kari Jobe

What is 1 tip for creating healthy media boundaries you would recommend to other families?

  • Nicholas and Janell

    Age of kids: 4 & 2

    Answer:

    During the week I'm usually working and away from the kids all day so I've been intentional that when I get home and anytime I'm with them, we don't watch TV or play with our phones. We do activities like going outside, reading books, or listening to music, but if I'm around I try to avoid turning on the TV. This can be absolutely exhausting! There are plenty of days I get home and just want to sit on the couch and zone out, but I want to build in my kids the expectation that if dad is around, we are DOING something together.

  • Videgla and Katie

    Age of kids: 3, 3, & 14 months

    Answer:

    The only TV they watch anything on is in the kitchen area. If they are watching it, so are we (or at least we are hearing what is being talked about). This way we can decide if it’s a good show or not. We have been able to stop shows with whining kids/back talk/evil monsters/violence before they get too far in. If they watch something on a hand-held device, we have a setting to control lock the screen so that they cannot “X” out and go to another app.

  • Tola and Kristi

    Age of kids: 9 & 6

    Answer:

    We have minimal to no screen time during the week so that we can use our evenings to work on homework, read or study other things for school. On the weekends, the kids enjoy more screen time but they have worked hard all week so we can have fun on the weekends.

Any other media tips for creating a healthy family?

  • Nicholas and Janell

    Age of kids: 4 & 2

    Answer:

    Just as important in considering the kid's screen time is my own. As a parent it is way too easy to get sucked into my phone or computer. I've been trying to make a habit that when I get home, I go plug in my phone in a different room and forget about it. That way I'm not on it, and my kids aren't asking to look at it.

  • Mike and Leah

    Age of kids: 5, 7, 11, & 12

    Answer:

    My kids will not be allowed to have cell phones until they are driving a car. The 12 and 11yr old do have old phones they use as iPods. They can iMessage through them if connected to the internet, but there is no cell service. I have warned them several times about pictures on texts, and this is surprisingly a big concern even at their age. If their history on the internet is ever deleted their device will be permanently taken from them. They also do not have the password to download apps onto their device. We're not there yet on the social media, but as a high school teacher I am fully aware the troubles social media can cause. When we get there, it is my responsibility to make sure they understand that once something is out there on the internet, it's out there forever. Even Snapchat - those pictures don't disappear - they're on a server somewhere. If I ban them from these type of things, I don't want them to be tempted to sneak them on the side, so I kind of view it like teaching them gun safety - I don't want the curiosity to end up killing them, I want to have taught them the proper way to do things before they ever get in that situation.

  • Hannah and Luke

    Age of kids: 2 & 1

    Answer:

    Kids are like sponges, and they soak up everything you do. So, if you are constantly on a screen, they will learn that from you. Set boundaries for yourselves as parents as well. Also, we don't plan on letting our kids have their own tablet/phone/device for quite some time. Tablets are the exception for road trips or special events but not for every-day use.