28. October 2015 · Comments Off on How to promote good television habits · Categories: electronics · Tags: ,

he Canadian Paediatric Society discourages screen-based activities (TV, video games, hand-held devices, etc) for children under 2. Limit daily TV watching to less than 1 to 2 hours a day for older children.

Less is best when it comes to screen time. Too much TV watching can affect your child’s sleep, cause behaviour problems, and leaves less time for active play. Use your free time for other family activities—reading, visiting museums, walking, biking, or whatever you enjoy.

These tips can help you promote good TV habits in your home. They may also help protect your child from the negative influences of television.

For the whole family

  • Introduce good television habits when your children are young. As your children grow older, it will become harder to enforce rules and set limits.
  • Children learn from what they see. The morals and values found in a TV show or on a commercial might be different from your own. Be a good role model with your own viewing habits.
  • Encourage your child to watch programs that help teach such as shows about nature, science, the arts, music or history.
  • Explain the rules of TV watching in your home to caregivers such as nannies or grandparents. Tell your children it’s okay to tell others when they feel afraid or don’t want to watch a particular show when visiting.
  • Violence on TV can affect your child or teen’s behaviour. Young children shouldn’t watch programs with violence, sex or bad language.
  • Turn off the TV when you aren’t using it such as during meals and during study time. Don’t use the TV as background noise.
  • Keep televisions and video games out of children’s bedrooms.
  • Bedtimes should be consistent. They should not change because of a TV show. If your child or teen wants to see a program that airs past your child’s bedtime, consider recording it.

For younger children (toddlers and preschoolers)

  • Make sure your child watches programs you are familiar with and, whenever you can, watch them together. Avoid using your TV as a caregiver.
  • Talk about the ideas and activities your child sees on TV, such as sharing, giving, loving or doing the alphabet together. Use follow-up activities to teach why these things are important.
  • Build a recorded library of your child’s favourite shows—young children love to watch the same programs over and over again.

For older children (school-aged children)

  • Older children can plan a weekly viewing schedule, but you should still supervise their choices.
  • Talk about the difference between fantasy, make-believe and reality. Encourage your children to talk about what they see on TV. Discuss and explain why they can’t watch certain programs. This is a chance to explain the values you feel are important.
  • Television is a powerful tool for selling or promoting toys and products. Discuss advertising with your child and explain that they are meant to sell something. If you have recorded the show you are watching, fast-forward through the advertising.
  • Make a rule that homework and chores must be finished before your child can watch television. Consider a “no TV” rule during the school week.
18. October 2015 · Comments Off on Seven ways to break the TV habit · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

In those innocent years before kids enter school’s social whirl, it’s relatively easy to keep them sheltered in a parent-censored bubble. You might even be able to avoid introducing the term “Happy Meal” into their vocabulary if you so choose.

As far as watching television goes, you basically have complete clicker control: You can make it seem as though PBS is the only thing on. You may decide to show only videos carefully selected from the library. You can get rid of your flat screen and pretend TV doesn’t exist.

But eventually the real world will come knocking. And your newly socialized little person will demand to know what Pokémon, Dora, or even South Park are all about. How can you indulge your child’s natural curiosity but still shield her from harmful (or, at the very least, insubstantial) messages and images?

“It’s about choosing your battles,” says Amy Aidman, research director for the Center for Media Education in Washington, D.C. “Watching a certain amount of television gives kids currency with their peers – it lets them be ‘in the know.’ If you do find a program objectionable, let your children know why you don’t like it, and then exercise your right to say no,” she says.

Here are some pointers to make the most of your kids’ television watching time.

Have your kids watch TV programs, not just TV. This means planning ahead with your child what she wants to watch and turning off the TV when the program is over. “The idea is that you’re making a conscious decision to watch something instead of simply flipping around the channels to find something on. Television should be an engaging activity, not simply mind-numbing time to ‘chill out,'” says Nell Minow, author of The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies and the mother of two teenagers.

Make it inconvenient to watch television. Too much of the time, television becomes a backdrop to family life – it blares away in the den or family room while the kids are playing, mom’s cooking, or the family is eating. “We purposely didn’t put a TV on the first floor of our house so that watching television would require a deliberate decision on everyone’s part to either head to the basement or to the master bedroom,” says Susan Korones Gifford, a New Jersey mother of two kids.

Keeping the TV in a closed armoire also helps tame habitual watching. Hiding the clicker isn’t a bad idea either because it tends to discourage channel surfing. Educators agree that no child should have a television in his bedroom.

Be firm but open-minded. Shows with graphic sexual content or violence should obviously be off-limits for children. But what about the grayer areas – programs you think are simply inane or unpleasant?

“Let your child come to you and explain why she wants to watch it, then work out a reasonable compromise,” says Minow. “It may simply be a matter of satisfying her curiosity about a show or exposing her to just enough so she can ‘talk the talk’ at school.”

If your child does end up liking the program and you don’t find the content objectionable, it’s okay to give some slack. “Certainly, you don’t want your child to be on a steady diet of mindless TV, but banning silly programs altogether may only give the shows a ‘forbidden fruit’ sort of appeal,” says Aidman.

Avoid setting a daily TV limit for your child. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly effective. “Some days my kids watch TV, some days they don’t watch any. But I know if I told them they could watch an hour a day, they’d do anything they could to squeeze in that time,” says Gifford.

On days your child watches TV, be aware that most experts believe more than two hours a day is too much for children age 2 and older. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 not watch television at all.)

Like Gifford, you may want to let your child come to you when he wants to watch and keep to yourself what the absolute maximum is. This will avoid tacitly sending the message that there’s a certain amount he “should” be watching.

Prohibit TV and videos during playdates. Kids need time to play and interact with their peers – television only acts as an impediment. “Make a firm rule in your house, and let other parents know that you would like them to respect your ‘no TV on playdates’ rule when your child is visiting their home, too,” says Minow.

Watch with your kids whenever possible. Knowing what your child is watching is key, so you don’t end up being surprised by a show that may seem kid-friendly but isn’t. Watching with your kids also provides the opportunity to talk about what’s on.

“It gives you common ground and a jumping off point for conversation. And since it can become more of a challenge for some parents to talk with their children as they get older, this can be quite important,” says Aidman.

Record shows ahead of time if possible. Children’s TV shows are filled with ads for junk food that make kids crave snacks. (Some experts say this is one reason TV watching is linked to childhood obesity.)

Recording shows to watch later not only saves you viewing time, but also lets you zip through commercials for junk food, violent movies, and toys. You can also pause a show to talk about what you’re watching. If you don’t record shows, hit the mute button during the commercials.

Be a role model. Certainly, peer pressure has an influence on our kids’ TV watching habits. But ultimately, as with everything else – violence, eating habits, racial attitudes – children are most affected by the example we parents set.

“If they see you mindlessly flipping channels, if you ‘shh’ them while you watch your favorite sitcom,” that’s the attitude they’ll eventually adopt, says Minow. On the other hand, if your kids see you eagerly sitting down every so often to watch something and concentrating on what you’re seeing, they’ll recognize the potential for enjoyment TV actually promises.

10. October 2015 · Comments Off on Easy Tips on Caring for LED and LCD Televisions · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Technological developments bring changes in various fields. One is the field of entertainment. Formerly known television cathode ray tube (CRT) TV aka Tube. However, with the presence of thin-screen TV that has such kind of liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) tube TV was becoming obsolete. The shape is lighter and thinner makes LCD and LED TVs in great demand. The image quality is also better displayed.

In addition, this TV is easily placed anywhere because it does not take up space. However, that does not mean the type of TV is free from care, both LED and LCD TVs are more sensitive on the screen. Scars, cuts or scratches on the screen can cause a decrease in image quality impressions. Therefore, you should be careful when lifting or moving it.

Following this, I will share tips on how to care for LED and LCD TVs appropriately:

Avoid the sun rays. Avoid the sun rays. Avoid LED TVs and LCD from direct sunlight. Tips: The best way is to put the TV in a well-protected from the sun or indoors.

Avoid Dust. Dust is the enemy of LED and LCD TVs. Dust will make you filthy TV. In addition, the stub of dust can cover ventilation holes that makes the TV into heat faster. Dust can also cause interference on the display screen that can degrade the quality of the color. The best step is to maintain the cleanliness of the room and electronic equipment. Do not wait until the dust piling up for a long time dust can also cause electrical damage. Tips: For cleaning the dust, you can use a soft cloth and a special cleaning fluid LED and LCD screens. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the screen. Do not forget to turn off all electrical contacts before cleaning the TV. In addition to cleaning the TV, you also need to maintain the cleanliness of the room.

Placement. In putting the TV, there are a few things that concern. Tips: You need to adjust the distance between the TV and the wall behind it, at least about 10 cm. Thus, the remaining air space so that TV not become hot quickly. Leave space between the audio and the TV. Likewise, other electronic items. Electronic items that are too close to the TV can cause magnetic interference that affects the display screen.

Set Temperature and Humidity. Simple but often overlooked is about the temperature and humidity. Try to keep the temperature and humidity is always stable. However, excessive use of electronic products to improve the air temperature. Especially in the room there are many electronic products. Tips: The use of air conditioners you can use, but still keep the cleanliness of the room.

With proper care and routine care, LCD and LED TVs, you can last a long time and is not easily damaged.

One of the leading products issued TV size 75-inch wide, with a very thin LED. The thickness is only 0:31-inch. You will be pampered with a this smart TV. Boost your viewing pleasure with superior picture quality for a more realistic and vivid entertainment experience. Clear Motion Rate delivers smoother motion, so you can enjoy fast-moving images with awesome clarity.

02. October 2015 · Comments Off on 5 Cheap Tricks TV Shows Use To Keep You Watching · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Not many of you are watching TV any more, or at least not as many as in years past. And as more people tune out (or just steal the shows off Bittorrent) the networks think up more and more cheap tricks to keep you hooked.

Well, here’s some we’ve decided we won’t be falling for any more. After next week.

#5. Cliffhanger Cop-Outs
This is when a show teases us with a cliffhanger, followed by an episode that returns everything to normal within minutes.

So, in 24 Jack Bauer winds up in a Chinese prison at the season finale. How will he possibly get out of this one? Oh, wait, he just walks off a plane in the next season opener, back in the good ol’ USA and with a kick-ass beard for his trouble.

In one season finale of Star Trek: TNG, Commander Riker has to make the terrible decision to destroy the bad guys’ ship with a captured Captain Picard still on board, ending the season with his pivotal decision to “Fire.” We wait for the next season and, wouldn’t you know, the weapon has no affect. Nevermind!

We can thank the 80s drama Dallas for starting this. They cashed in with the biggest cliffhanger of all time, when villain J.R. Ewing got shot in a March 1980 episode. After a long summer break (when “Who Shot J.R.” became an international catchphrase) it was revealed that J.R. was alive, his would-be assassin was let go without any criminal charges, and the whole thing was barely spoken of again.

Dallas, determined to top this retarded publicity stunt, years later opened a season by declaring everything that happened in the season before it was a dream.
Why it Works:

Production schedules force most shows off the air for months, up to a year in some cases. The problem has always been that fans can wander off during the down time, so cliffhangers keep people talking through the dry months (in the case of “Who shot J.R.,” the next episode got a then-record 83 million people to watch).

And, once the show comes back, who cares that we bailed out of the cliffhanger with an unsatisfying resolution? You should just be glad the show is back at all, you ungrateful fuckers!

Why it Shouldn’t:

It’s in these cop-outs that a cliffhanger is revealed to be purely a marketing gimmick, having no actual impact on the storyline. These cop-outs let the writers off too easy, since they get to put the character through some kind of life-changing trauma, then just have them get over it (Jack Bauer recovers from his lengthy Chinese imprisonment just a few hours into the new “day.”)

Where’s the crippling depression that leads to alcoholism, or the post traumatic stress and years of counseling? They turn our surviving heroes into heartless bastards who don’t care about anyone or anything for longer than a 2-hour season premiere.

#4. Couples That Constantly Break Up and Reunite

Major Offenders: The Office, Friends, Sex and the City, Scrubs, countless Soap Operas.

After months or years of increasing sexual tension, two leads finally admit that they love each other and want to be together. This usually occurs with a passionate kiss and a high pitched “Whoooo” from the studio audience. We at home get to believe that we, too, will one day find true love with the one hot girl in our circle of friends.

Then, tragedy strikes in the form of a breakup. The sitcom gets serious for a while, showcasing the tension between the ex-couple. The exes start dating new people and we get all sorts of jealousy and wacky misunderstandings, based on the fact that the couple is really still in love. Eventually then they get back together, only to do it all over again (if the series runs long enough).

Why it Works:

Romantic love is an emotion that supersedes all others–at least on television–and there’s no better way to engage the viewers than by constantly giving it to them and taking it away again.

Also, the breakup stage allows shows to introduce guest stars to be the new love interests for a few weeks or months (Sarah Jessica Parker went through several in Sex and the City) which they believe will sustain the ratings until the next sweeps period, where they will reunite the beloved couple again.

Why it Shouldn’t:

Repetition. This is the writers just going back to the same well for storylines again and again. Yes, we realize there is some realism to it, because we all know real couples that do the constant “get together and break up” cycle. You may recognize these couples as the ones who you constantly want to punch in the face.

#3. Keeping the Villains Around on Reality Shows

Major Offenders: The Apprentice, Hell’s Kitchen, Rock of Love, any reality show with a “boss.”

Reality shows are always accused of being rigged. Who knows if American Idol is intentionally losing some votes along the way, right? Or if the judges’ comments are meant to sway vote totals rather than give feedback?

But then there is a whole category of reality show that that just advertise the fact. These are the shows where a “boss” type decides the outcome, rather than by a vote from the audience or other contestants.

Behind that boss is, of course, a team of producers who keep or kick off whoever the hell they feel like keeping or kicking off. And that means that the nastiest, most arrogant character you’re most desperate to see go, will almost certainly be kept to the end. The show needs a villain, and the producers’ job is to keep the best cast of characters, not the best contestants.

So, on the first season of The Apprentice, millions of people were introduced to the queen bitch of the universe, Omarosa. With a resume that included being fired four times over two years for not being able to get along with anyone, and a part time job as a succubus, she was picked from thousands of people as a candidate to become a high paid employee of Donald Trump. Why? Because producer Mark Burnett knew that she would stir up some shit on camera.

Why it Works:

The cheapest way to get drama out of a show is with conflict. The hardest part about reality shows, where there is no script, is making sure the conflict still shows up right on schedule, to keep the audience from getting bored. That’s the villain’s job.

Why it Shouldn’t:

Reality show producers seem to think that drama and conflict can only come in the form of petty screaming matches. But how much screeching can we be exposed to before we go from being entertained, to bored, to just depressed?

Of course the show is forced to undermine its own competition along the way, as the boss character is forced to fire more qualified contestants week after week, saving someone like Omarosa for as long as possible (in her case, 9 episodes into a 13 episode season, only to be brought back in an all-star edition). Weeks and weeks of a villain skating through each challenge without having to be accountable for anything tends to make us lose faith in the show, and humanity in general.

#2. Characters Returning from the Dead
Science fiction shows are especially bad about creating a world where no one is ever permanently dead. Cloning, alien abduction and interference by a higher life form are just a few of the ways that shows can bring a deceased character back to life. And then there’s the human-looking Cylons on Battlestar Galactica, an entire species that can be shoved out an airlock on a daily basis only to come back once again with perfect hair and slinky dresses.

Why it Works:

Note that this technique often overlaps with the Cliffhanger Cop-Out. Six Feet Under ended Season Two with main character Nate boarding a bus to the afterlife, only to get a poorly-explained resurrection in the Season Three premier. In Nip/Tuck, Dr. Christian Troy is apparently slain by a serial killer in a season finale, gets a funeral the next season, only to have the funeral turn out to be a dream and the serial killer attack having left only a minor cut on his face (you had to be there).

Just as with the Cliffhanger Cop-Outs, this lets the writers have it both ways. They get their dramatic death scene one week, without having to deprive the show of a favorite (that is, ratings-boosting) character. Besides, did we really think Buffy would stay dead all of those times she got killed? Her name is the title of the show.

Why it Shouldn’t:

You can see the problem on shows that abuse it, particularly sci-fi or fantasy shows where audiences have gotten used to the idea that anyone can come back (we imagine that very few people actually believed that Kara Thrace died when her ship exploded in a wormhole on Battlestar Galactica).

Viewers saw Jin get exploded on a boat in the finale of last season’s Lost, but know that he could be back as a ghost, or through some kind of time travel. Or the healing powers of the island could fix him somehow–hell, it’s Lost. There’s like two dozen ways he can come back. At this point when somebody gets “killed” we just roll our eyes.

#1. Misleading Editing on the “Next Week On…” Teaser

Major Offenders: Almost every single drama or reality show on television.

These come up mostly on shows that hit a dramatic dry spell during the season, when it’s up to the promotional “teaser” clips at the end of the episode to promise big things anyway. For instance, look at the last two seasons of The Sopranos.

Once upon a time when Tony Soprano said “We’ve got to deal with this guy” it meant “The guy” was soon going to be thrown into the ocean with a dozen new holes in his body. What we got in those last two seasons, however, were previews for next week showing Tony saying something like, “We have to deal with Paulie”, along with a scene of some dude on a dark street getting shot in the head.

Then the new episode arrived and, no, nothing happens to Paulie. Tony’s “dealing” with him winds up being a harsh word while they’re eating at a buffet. The dude who got shot turns out to be some nobody we had never seen before.

This is happening more and more with other shows, as the guys in charge of editing the preview for the next week carefully construct an outright lie about what the episode will be about. They’ll dub in dialog where it doesn’t belong, they’ll use misleading edits to make it appear a main character is in danger. Lost took it to a whole new, silly level when the announcer just started lying to our face (“Next week, the entire secret of the island will be revealed!”)

Sometimes you’ll even spot a scene or a line in the episode itself that seems to have been filmed specifically to include in the preview, as it winds up being totally pointless and out of place in the episode (look for lines of dialog like, “Guys, this could change everything” followed by absolutely nothing changing).

Why it Works:

They know that we tune in for months at a time waiting for some massive shake-up in the plot, either a major character dying or the answer to a lingering secret. But, that important stuff has to be handed out sparingly, you can’t have that shit happening in every episode. So, they keep us tuned in by promising next week will be the episode you can’t miss.

There seems to be two ways the producers make it up to us when the actual show fails to live up to the promise of the teaser. Either they replace the fake important scene they teased with a real important scene (“OK, so they didn’t reveal the whole secret of the island but Locke got shot so that was pretty cool”) or, more likely, they give us an episode of filler that ends with another teaser that promises the next episode will be the one we can’t miss. Even though we totally could have missed the one we just saw.

Why it Shouldn’t:

What could be worse than the kind of “it could only happen during sweeps” ratings stunt that we’ve all grown to hate? Falsely promising one and not following through. Every week.

Lost and The Sopranos both saw the law of diminishing returns on this, as audiences basically gave up the idea that anything earth-shattering was ever going to happen. By the time it did, most of us had stopped watching.