6.        Facilitating Understanding:  Parents can sit with
children and help explain what they watch. Each
episode of Sesame Stories has an educational aim such
as sharing, cooperation, self expression, listening to others;
self respect, respecting other people, understanding
others’ differences and similarities, environment
protection, helping others, and the importance of
reading. Help your children understand the aim of each
episode and how they can apply to their life. You can
ask your children to summarize the programs they watch
by asking for explanation or drawing a picture of what
they watch or briefly writing about it. This helps children
analyze what they watch and develop their linguistic
and comprehension skills.  

7.        Differentiating between Reality and fiction: Not
everything children watch on television is real or true. It is
important to help children differentiate between reality
and fiction so that they do not imitate things they watch
on television, which can be harmful to them.

8.        Encouraging Reading: You can also encourage
children to learn more about topics on TV by reading.  
Sesame Stories introduces children to other peoples and
civilizations, which assists in widening children's horizons
and knowledge of diversity. You can encourage this
further by helping children read stories about children in
other parts of the world. This may help break the isolation
barrier, which many children feel because of the current
situation.


9.        Encouraging children to watch programs about
different cultures: You can encourage children to watch
television programs which show the way other boys and
girls live around the world. This encourages children to
know others' ways of life and how people are similar and
different in many aspects of life. Watching Sesame Stories
helps children understand the way children live in
different places. Help your children know more about
these places in Palestine and around the world, and
inspire them with hope that they may be able to visit
them.

10.        Following up watching TV by doing things
together: In Sesame Stories, many ideas are presented,
which you and your children can do, such as going to
the library, reading, drawing, cooperating, sharing things,
and keeping clean surroundings. Therefore, do carry out
the activities shown in the program after watching it with
your children.
Sesame Stories
Tips for Parents

Dear Parents:
The accompanying video tape is a compilation of episodes from the
new Palestinian television series, Hikayat Simsim, designed specially for
your children. Hikayat Simsim presents children with educational
messages fostering concepts like pride, cooperation, diversity, and
mutual respect. Here are some tips to help your children get the most
out of watching Hikayat Simsim and other television programs.
Enjoy Hikayat Simsim!

1.        Watching TV Together: Watch television with your children. Talk
to them when television program ends. Sometimes the whole family
can gather to watch television; however, we must not forget that
many television programs are not designed for children such as the
news, scary movies, and talk shows. Sesame Stories is specially designed
for children and adults; therefore, you can watch it with your children
and enjoy it together.

2.        Selecting the Right Programs: You can help your children choose
the best programmes to watch. Some programs, such as Hikayat
Simsim, are educational and can help foster learning while also being
fun and entertaining to watch.  

3.        Setting Limits: Parents should set limits and rules about what
children are allowed to watch on television.


4.        Monitoring  Violence: Watching violent television programs is
highly damaging to children. According to studies, children who watch
violent programs tend to be more apprehensive and suspicious as well
as aggressive.  You can help make sure that your children do not
watch violent television.  Certain programs, such as Hikayat Simsim,
have no violent content, and instead stimulate creative thought.

5.        Making Television Interactive: After watching television, you can
ask children about what they watched and about new words they
learned.  Doing this can help make watching TV a way to develop
children’s linguistic and thinking skills.  When watching Sesame Stories,
you can ask children about what they learned and about their
favorite stories. Also, test their memory by asking them about what
happened at the beginning, middle, and end of a program.
These viewing tips were written to accompany a home video of Sesame stories, but they are relevant for all television and video viewing.

Please feel free to print them and use them!