Chose the best for you and your family.

Select television that educates.

All television teaches us something, the question is what?

Today more than ever, you have so many choices—but sometimes, its difficult to decide what is appropriate and what isn't. It is important to ask: What is it your child is learning and what do you want them to learn?

Quality television 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.

Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life.

Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life.

Not sure about the programming you and your children are watching? Here's a quick look to help faciliate dialogue in your home.

When is television a Positive Learning Tool?

  • It encourages creativity and critical thinking.
  • It is developmentally appropriate—a good match between children's growing needs and the subject matter.
  • It introduces children to skills and ideas they need to learn.
  • It models ways to solve problems without using force or violence.
  • It shows people getting along with one another and showing respect.
  • It engages children to sing along, answer questions, dance and join in the fun with the characters they see on television.
  • It helps to teach the values that are important to parents and caregivers.
  • It helps children feel good about their own and other cultures, family routines and communities.
  • It inspires children to want to learn and read more.

When is television NOT a Positive Learning Tool?

  • It occupies too much of a child's time.
  • It is not created for a young audience.
  • It teaches children ideas, words and behaviors that are inappropriate.
  • It exposes children to violence as a means of problem solving.
  • It teaches values that must be "untaught" by parents and providers.
  • It presents age, gender, racial or cultural stereotypes.
  • It encourages children to think their parents need to buy them products.
  • It encourages children to be passive and not engaged.

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