New Poll Asks Which TV Character Would Be Worst Babysitter

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The Smart Television Alliance (STA) is asking TV viewers who would they least want to babysit their kids - Homer Simpson, Hank Hill or Peter Griffin? The purpose of the survey is to get parents to think about the shows their children watch and promote healthy, educational programming that is age-appropriate.

With children spending an average of four hours in front of the TV everyday, it's critical that parents try to make that time as constructive as possible through educational and inspiring programming

Irresponsible, careless, naive or incompetent are hardly the characteristics you would want in someone supervising your children, but some of the most well-known parents on TV possess these exact traits. Who would you least want to babysit your kids - Homer Simpson, Hank Hill or Peter Griffin?

That is the question the Smart Television Alliance (STA) is asking TV viewers to answer in a recently launched poll. In addition, people can also post comments about their answers on the STA blog. The purpose of the survey is to get parents to think about the shows their children watch and promote healthy, educational programming that is age-appropriate.

"With children spending an average of four hours in front of the TV everyday, it's critical that parents try to make that time as constructive as possible through educational and inspiring programming," stated Christopher Turman of the Smart Television Alliance. "STA has partnered with media experts such as KIDSFIRST! and Common Sense Media, among others, to highlight some of the best shows on TV today."

STA believes it's important to: (1) provide parents and caregivers with resources and action steps to control what is watched on television and when; (2) partner with the producers of expert-recommended shows to highlight educational programming; (3) provide children's television recommendations from trusted media experts; and (4) enlist parents and others to spread the word to their friends and acquaintances.

About Smart Television Alliance (STA)
The Smart Television Alliance is a new coalition of national nonprofit organizations united by a shared commitment to improving what our nation's children watch on television. Our mission is to help parents and caregivers use technology, online tools, and program recommendations from trusted children's media experts to make smart television viewing choices. By promoting the viewing of educational and informational programming, STA will build a market for more high quality children's TV shows.

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