Television can be a great source of entertainment, family fun-time and even an educational tool, but it can also be the culprit of several incidents involving your children. As adults and parents, it’s important to know how to childproof your TV, with both the physical TV and content wise. Here are some easy ways to childproof for both.
Having young children often means plugs over outlets, safety latches on cabinets and toilets, edge bumpers and loads of other childproofing knick-knacks around the home. But have you thought about how to childproof your TV?
Televisions are very front-heavy. If loosely placed, they can pose a great hazard to children playing nearby. Here are three ways you can secure your TV so your children are out of harm’s way:
- Mount the TV– A TV attached to the wall is much more difficult for a child to interfere with, decreasing chances of a potential accident. If you have a flat screen TV, consider mounting it to the wall as a safe way to keep it out of the way. Mounting a TV properly does require special equipment for proper installation though. Most TV manufacturers recommend professional TV mounting to ensure it is properly done, but if you have the right tools, you can mount the TV yourself using a kit.
- Use a flat TV lock- There are simple products which allow you to keep your flat screen TV safely on an entertainment center, but secured to the wall. Using products like a flat TV lock, you can attach a secure lock from your flat screen to the wall. The locking bar holds the TV in place and from moving forward or backward, preventing any accidents that could arise from the TV falling.
- Use a TV stand- You can purchase special TV stands and entertainment centers with attached mounts for your TV. These are great for those who can’t mount their TVs on the walls, or find that a flat TV lock isn’t compatible with their TV. TV stands come in various sizes and styles to suit everyone’s taste. They offer a secure way to hold your TV, so your child won’t get hurt if they accidentally bump into the TV or try to climb near it. The TV stand itself can often times be attached to the wall for added security.
Now that you have your TV physically childproofed, it’s time to childproof what the little ones in your house can watch. With a few simple clicks, your child can find themselves
exposed to entertainment unsuitable for their age. Thankfully, the use of parental controls and a sense of awareness can prevent them from catching scenes of Aliens vs. Predator or other R-rated programs.
Content control is two-fold, but starts with parental controls.TV providers like DIRECTV and other paid services offer customers free, easy-to-use of parental controls on any connected TV. Depending on what receiver you have, these steps may vary, but you essentially just need to go to Settings & Help and select Parental Controls. From there, with DIRECTV parental controls, you can:
- Restrict what programs your children can watch
- Block specific channels
- Limit viewing time
- Limit spending on DIRECTV CINEMA™
- Set a pin to unlock channels and programming
Parental controls are easy to set-up and maintain. But, the best way to keep your children safe around a TV is to supervise them at all times. It is far too easy for an accident to occur or for your child to accidentally watch something they shouldn’t. Use these tips to keep your child safe when they’re around the TV and while they’re watching TV.