Guide Your Child in Watching TV

Mommies and daddies, have you experienced to be asked by your children about a word they have heard on television programs or have you ever heard them speak of an awful word not meant for their age?

I guess, most parents have experienced this. Just the same as featured in the new  infomercial by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

Power couple Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo during the shoot

Power couple Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo during the shoot

The infomercial scene showed a typical morning situation at home with power couple Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo. Their depicted child picks up a word from a TV feature and asks the elders in the house what it means.


Another scene from the infomercial

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) launched this infomercial for RESPONSIBLE viewing last February as the board marks its 30th anniversary. It was directed by renowned film and television director Jose Javier “Joey” Reyes, Jr., DGPI and conceptualized by Mr. Erlito “Lilit” Reyes.

The ad aims to educate the public about classification rating for each program. It also emphasizes the important role of parents in guiding their children’s viewing habit. This serves as challenge to parents and responsible adults to be aware of the media content our children are exposed to, and to be mindful of the MTRCB’s classification ratings.

The infomercial is now airing in all television networks and theaters nationwide.

Information below is a must read for parents to become familiarize with the MTRCB’s classification rating:


– Suitable for ALL AGES. Material for television, which in the judgment of the BOARD DOES NOT CONTAIN ANYTHING UNSUITABLE for children.


– Material for television, which in the judgment of the BOARD MAY CONTAIN SOME ADULT MATERIAL that maybe PERMISSIBLE for children to watch BUT ONLY under the GUIDANCE and SUPERVISION of a PARENT or ADULT.


 –  Programs classified under SPG may CONTAIN more SERIOUS TOPIC and THEME, which may not be advisable for children to watch except under the VERY VIGILANT GUIDANCE and PRESENCE of a PARENT or an ADULT.

I believe parents have the biggest responsibility in protecting the children from the harms brought about by some  television programs.

In my case, I only let my kids watch child-friendly shows. I screen even the cartoons they are watching since some cartoons now show violence and is more liberated compared before. If you are a mom of a toddler, I need not name what cartoon programs I am referring to.

Lastly, parents need to limit their kids from watching TV especially during weekdays because most child need to focus on studies first. Even in using gadgets, children should be guided. DigitalMediaPh can help you create apps for games only suitable for your child.

Remember, television is a means of entertainment and for relaxation only so it should not be set as priority in a child’s daily schedule.


14 comments on “Guide Your Child in Watching TV

  1. I strongly believe in the importance of adult- and / or parent-supervision when it comes to the programs that kids watch on TV. There are just soooo many shows right now and it’s important to filter what should and should not be watched by children. Congratulations to MTRCB for the new campaign and I hope that it would be successful in achieving its desired result.

  2. True, we truly need to guide and choose for our kids when they’re watching tv… The best part is, we get a educative channel for them to watch!

  3. Oh well, I guess that’s very important but I think I will try to reduce the amount of tv my kids watch when I have a kid… As for the parental guidance, I will tell and teach them what should and should not be said…Afterall, they will be expose to the language one day!

  4. A good, thought provoking post – unfortunately, there are only so many things one person can screen… you do not have the option of knowing what an older child is saying in the playground. Kids pick things up, especially from older peers as they believe it makes them look cool… that will never change. Definitely only let my daughter watch age appropriate programmes though!

  5. Thank God we don’t have a TV at home for the last 5 years. So no cause for alarm but I’ll share this post to my daughter who simply digs watching telenovelas.

  6. When watching with children, I’m very careful to choose “kid friendly” shows. However, sometimes it cannot be avoided that they’ll ask questions, and it makes me nervous sometimes, though I try to answer as honestly as possible.

  7. Thanks for sharing this information. I think parents should take note about what their child is exposing to, especially now days there are many uncensored and violent scenes which can influenced the child.

  8. It’s very important for parents to take control of what their kids are watching on television, especially with all of the crap out there. Good work on posting the rating system!

  9. It’s very important to supervise what our kids watch and make sure we know the different designations listed above. Smart idea!

  10. I think parental control should be applied when letting children watch TV. It can have negative influence on them if it is not reasonably controlled by the parents.

  11. It’s good that MTRCB is actively proposing this. But I wish they’ll also regulate the commercials. Because sometimes we encounter PG and SPG commercials in between G shows. That’s why we’re contemplating if we’ll just take the kids off tv again and just let them use DVDs for watching.

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