According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) children watch approximately 28 hours of television a week, and on an average, television programs display 812 violent acts per hour. Worrisomely, children’s programmes, particularly cartoons, display up to 20 violent acts an hour. What this means is that our children land up viewing more than 200,000 acts of violence, including more than 16,000 murders before age 18. Further, according to a study, frequent exposure to violence in video games leads to a reduced feeling of guilt about violence and lower levels of empathy.
What can be done about it?
Apple TV v/s Roku Ultra
Apple TV and Roku Ultra are the latest offerings by two of the most popular brands which offer great features.
If that’s the case, the Apple TV is a better bet because it integrates seamlessly with all your Apple products. So you could have watched 10 minutes of a show on the subway home, you can pick up where you left off on your TV thanks to the Apple TV. It will gladly access everything on the iTunes Store, apart from other sources like Hulu, HBO etc. However, you can’t watch Amazon Prime on it and it’s maximum resolution goes up to 1080p. But by far the most useful distinguishing feature that would push me to choose the Apple TV is Siri, which makes it very easy to use the Apple TV. One surprising little detail that I loved was that I can ask Siri what a character just said mid-stream, and she will back up 30 seconds and turn on subtitles for that bit. With a pricetag of $149-$199 depending on the model you choose, this is certainly more expensive than the Roku, but it has it’s advantages.
So which of these is right for me?
Choose the Apple TV if it is important to perfectly integrate with iOS. Like all Apple products, it is well-designed and stable, and although it is more expensive, it has lesser content available on it and doesn’t offer 4K.
However, the Roku Ultra is better for you if you have a 4K TV. Apart from that, the Roku also has a wider palette of content available, and at a lower price point..
How does one set up parental controls on these devices?
As a parent, one of my central reasons for buying one of these was to curate the content my children watch. Both the Roku Ultra and the Apple TV adopt commonly-accepted age ratings which are proposed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board. Based on that, you can place age restrictions on what your kids are watching. And it’s pretty simple to set this up on either device. Watch how in the videos below
Apart from this, both also allow you to set up controls on who is allowed access to a new channel, or to make in-app purchases. These can be made only against a 4-digit pin, if you choose that in the settings. Similarly, explicit language in podcasts, music and even Siri (in the case of Apple TV) can be restricted. Both media players also offer you an option to hide specific channels, apps or features from the main screen, which is really quite handy.