Parents have been urged to use more than just simple tips to keep their kids off Netflix.
In a new series, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said parents need to “break the ice” with their children and explain that they should be watching more video games and other entertainment.
“The key here is to have some kind of explanation for why your kids are watching, how they’re watching it, what they’re doing, what it’s about,” Maddow told “The Rachel Maddows Show” on Thursday.
Maddow said she’d found some really helpful tips from a group of parents who use video games as a way to break the ice with their kids.
“When you play a video game, you know your kids aren’t going to stop, and you know they’re going to continue to go on,” she said.
Why don’t we continue to play this game and continue to watch this movie?'””
When you say to your kids, ‘Well, if you were watching this movie or playing this game, why don’t you stop and play it again?
Why don’t we continue to play this game and continue to watch this movie?'”
She said parents should try to explain why they’re enjoying a video, like, ‘I’m enjoying the game because I’m enjoying this movie.
I love this movie.’
Or, ‘It’s a movie because it’s a good movie.’
It really doesn’t matter what your kids know about the movie, so long as you can explain why you’re enjoying the movie.
“In addition to the simple tips, Maddow also urged parents to encourage their children to use social media, where they can see if their peers are playing the game or watching it.”
This is really about connecting with your kids and really having a good conversation,” Maddows said.
Some parents have said that the constant stream of content on social media makes it difficult for their kids to learn new things.
Maddows said it’s important for teachers to be able to talk to parents about how they can better understand what’s going on with their child.
It’s also important for the parents to be more specific about what they think they should do when their kids start having a negative experience, she said, because they can’t be vague.MADDOW: I’d like to see a national survey on this.
But I’d also like to know what you know about this.
I think that you know how to talk about it, how to communicate, and how to keep your kids from getting stuck in a loop, which I know some of them do, I don’t know.MELDRUM: But I think you also know what the parents can do.
So let’s talk about how to teach our kids.
MADDOW : It’s really hard to talk through something like this without being like, I have no idea what to do, and I know what to say.
Mellum said parents who are frustrated by the constant streaming of entertainment on social platforms are often frustrated because they have no way to control what their kids see or do.”
What parents don’t understand is that if they’ve ever lost a child, they know that loss is a traumatic event,” she told “Rachel Maddows.””
The only way that they can stop that is to be really mindful of what they want their kids doing.
They don’t want to lose their kids because they want to be entertained.”MADDOWS: I’ve had kids cry and have children laugh, but I’ve also had kids ask, “Mom, Dad, what are you doing?
I don ‘t know what I’m doing.
“And they can be like, “I can’t wait until we go to the mall.”MELROSE: And the kids are saying, “You’re just so cool.
I don’ ‘t want to get in trouble.
“So I just want to teach them to be aware of what is going on and what their feelings are, so that they are going to feel safe.”
Mellow said that if parents are too afraid to speak up, it makes it harder for their children.
“It’s the parent that makes the decision, because that’s what they are.
They’re saying, ‘No, Mom, no, Dad.
I’m not gonna do this.
No, I’m sorry, I can’t do this,'” she said to Maddow.”
But if they’re afraid of speaking up, then they’re really making it harder to do it.”
Maddaw said parents have a responsibility to teach their children how to deal with what they feel is a real problem.
“When I was growing up, we had this whole thing called ‘the silent era,’ where the only time you heard anything was when somebody was having a bad day,” Madd, who is also a former child psychologist, said.
“That’s why parents have to be very clear and say, ‘You’re not being a little crazy, and it’s not about you, it’s something that’s affecting everybody