Random Tip: Closed Captioning

How many of you make use of the now standard closed captioning option on your television?

You may be saying, “I’m not deaf. Why would I use that?”

I’ll give you three good reasons.

#1. The kids are being loud and you can’t hear your show. Of course you can always jack the volume up into the 50’s but I find that no matter what, my kids are able to compete.

#2. Say you’re watching the news and the kids are in their beds in the next room. You know they’re not sleeping yet and you can hear pretty well through the walls. You can turn the volume on the TV way down and use closed captioning so their little ears won’t hear anything inappropriate or disturbing.

#3. Improve your child’s reading and language skills. My kids don’t mind the words on the bottom of the screen and I think this could advance reading and spelling skills. This is also useful if your child is learning a second language. (Or for anyone studying a foreign language really.)

When we watch television in Spanish, closed captioning helps the kids understand how things are spelled.

Do you have a random tip? Share it in comments!



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4 responses to “Random Tip: Closed Captioning

  1. Iva

    All of our friends are single and/childlesss. If they come over and we watch a movie they aslways ask why i put on the subtitles, There is no way i could watch with out it. I don’t really have any good tips to offer though, but I sure am in need of many :)

  2. Tonya

    I don’t have a tip to share as my brain isn’t functioning too well with a newborn but I enjoyed your tip! Great idea :)

  3. Jana

    I love closed captioning. If I don’t have it on, Hubby’s always going, “What did he say?” Which is way more annoying than little words on the screen.

    Random tip: when measuring sticky substances like honey or molasses, spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first. Easy to pour, easy to clean up!

  4. Tee

    Iva – :)

    Tonya – You’re excused. Babies do that ;)

    Jana – GREAT one! I will so use that!

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