Smart Television

Select Television that Educates

All television teaches us something, the question is what? Today more than ever, you have so many choices—but some times, its difficult to decide what is appropriate and what isn't.

Viewers like you make a continual effort to include WQPT for your children. Quality programs that not only educate, but provide fun along the way. Learning, made fun... that's what WQPT and PBS is all about.

FamilyIt is important to ask: What is it your child is learning and what do you want them to learn? Smart TV is grounded in the social, emotional and cognitive development skills of its young viewers.

PBS, along with affiliate stations like WQPT, work with experienced television producers who involve children, parents, educators, day-care providers, researchers and experts from a variety of fields in the design and production process.

The quality Kids program on WQPT have a curriculum —a list of things to learn—that can help kids succeed in school and in life. If possible, record the programs that you think are most appropriate for your child and show them when the time is right for your child's viewing.

 

When is television a Positive Learning Tool?

 

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It encourages creativity and critical thinking.

 

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It is developmentally appropriate—a good match between children's
growing needs and the subject matter.

 

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It introduces children to skills and ideas they need to learn.

 

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It models ways to solve problems without using force or violence.

 

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It shows people getting along with one another and showing respect.

 

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It engages children to sing along, answer questions, dance and join the fun.

 

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It helps to teach the values that are important to parents and caregivers.

 

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It helps children feel good about their own and other cultures, family routines
and communities.

 

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It inspires children to want to learn and read more.

 

When is television NOT a Positive Learning Tool?

 

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It occupies too much of a child's time.

 

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It is not created for a young audience.

 

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It teaches children ideas, words and behaviors that are inappropriate.

 

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It exposes children to violence as a means of problem solving

 

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It teaches values that must be "untaught" by parents and providers.

 

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It presents age, gender, racial or cultural stereotypes

 

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It encourages children to think their parents need to buy them products.

 

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It encourages children to be passive and not engaged.