As parents, we’re committed to our kids. We volunteer for the PTA, the soccer team, and Sunday school. We get involved with afterschool programs, town safety patrols, and teenage party planning. Some of us have even moved to the suburbs, taking on a change of job, a longer commute, and more debt.

What’s been missing is television and internet programming as committed as we are to our family’s physical, intellectual, and emotional needs.

Until now.

Introducing RoleModel.TV, the new internet television network that is actually worth paying for.

RoleModel.TV is two distinct, yet interconnected, services for children ages 0-16 and their families: The Library (offering how-to, informational, and educational downloads via the internet) and The Role Model Network which provides service, news and reality programming and live talk shows.

Both services are filled with today’s most trusted educators, scientists, thinkers, counselors and doers. Real people like Fred Rogers, Shari Lewis, Lee Iacocca, Tyler Perry, and Tom Chapin and others that you may not have heard of (probably because “celebrities” with nothing to say have been getting all the air time.)

Remember those boring instructional shows on public television when you were a kid? Well, you can erase those memories now. RoleModel.TV programming takes advantage of state-of-the-art technology and talented teachers from MIT, BrainPOP, PBS, and other institutions. Our writers have years of experience in both education and entertainment. They get laughs with punchlines, not punches.

In other words, our shows have been created to provide the trusted teachers you had when you were in school, and that you pray your kids have now.

The Library

RoleModel.TV is just like your local school library, only on the internet. We review all the selections, we keep out all the distractions, and it's safe to hang out there late at night.

Kids are now creating multi-media school projects and earning extra credit online. Soon they'll download an ancient geography map to their cell phone on the way to history class.

RoleModel.TV -- with the largest collection of “how-to,” travel, and educational shows available for download anywhere – will be there to give them an advantage. (And what an advantage! From How To Do A Magic Trick to a college-level Negotiations lecture, we'll have material from NASA, PBS, MIT, BrainPOP and other acclaimed educators.)

Most importantly, our site is kid-safe. So children can safely research school subjects, get tutoring, and learn without being exposed to distracting or inappropriate material. (Have you been on KOL or YouTube lately?).

It’s easy – and safe – for parents, too. Instead of dealing with many far-flung learning sites, parents only need to open one subscription account with us.

Websites like Club Penguin and BrainPop (subscription-based) and Hulu.com (ad-based) have proven that families respond to quality video. RoleModel.TV takes it to the next level.

The Role Model Channel

RoleModel.TV is a 24 hour a day digital channel with programming that reflects the hopes, dreams, and realities of family life.
The craft shows on HGTV and the cooking shows on the Food Network are RoleModel.TV's role models. Except instead of having professional chefs feeding bellies, we have professional educators feeding young minds.

Our shows are designed to actually help families communicate and live better (as opposed to most free programming, which is designed to segment us from each other so that we zone out and shop).

Programming To Look Up To

What programs would make real kids run home from school to watch? What programs address what families are really talking about? When teenagers disappear into their rooms at night, what kind of programming will lure them back out into the living room?

These are the questions that we ask ourselves when we schedule RoleModel.TV.

Programming for children through teens is commercial-free and available through The Library. Talk shows for tweens, teens, and adults stream live 24-hours a day. Here's how it works by age group:

Infant and Pre-School - On Demand only. Our shows stimulate activity for parent and child together. Shows like Rheostat’s Restaurant (musical variety), The Story of Read-Alee Deed-Alee (reading), The World of Ambassador Bird (cultural awareness), and Animal Wonders (natural history).

Kids 6-8 - On Demand only. We mentor and support both parents and kids with activity shows about hobbies and school participation. From city walks to singing to setting up scrapbooks, RoleModel.TV helps families plan – and execute – activities with their children. Programming includes the craft and do-it-yourself shows now broadcast on HGTV, DIY, and other networks.

Kids 9-11 - On Demand only. Kids this age are in the “I wanna do that!” zone. So we have participatory shows that pique kids’ curiosity with programs about real-life hobbies and careers. We start off with Home Made Horror (where kids submit home videos), Sports Beast with Judy Kamilhor (about the focus and dedication needed to excel in sports), ‘Net Me (computers and the internet), and finish with Burnin’ ’Roni with John Berninzoni (cooking).

Tweens - On Demand and live afterschool and weekends. Talk shows and inspirational biographies introduce successful people, real-life careers, and the impact of both good and bad choices. Plus Citizen, a show about community activism, volunteering, running an afterschool club, and other ways to make a difference.

Teens - On Demand and live during late evening and weekend nights. More talk and inspiration from real life role models, both good and bad: Pop Up, where teen stars and musicians talk about their personal challenges and triumphs. And judgement-free Dr. Laura-like, call-in shows. Talk that brings experience and hope to issues like divorce, dating, sex, alcohol, drugs, society, and the future.

Families Together - On Demand and live during evening and prime time hours. Assembly (our “evening news”) puts world events into perspective for kids. Ingenuity, a science game show that the whole family can watch – and play along with – together. And (Blank) With Your Family, which helps families do the things they do: travel, school, volunteering, pet care, cheerleading, etc.

In prime time, aspirational shows like Hall of Fame and John Ratzenberger’s Made in America (now showing on the Travel Channel) that present scientists, salesmen, and others who’ve worked hard (as opposed to hyped hard) to get where they are.

On weekends, classic films (like the Abbott & Costello series) that reintroduce old movies in a new family context, along with travelogues and other shows that help families plan, and get the most out of, their life together.

Parents - One Demand and live during mornings and late night hours. Call-in shows on current events, sex, safety, parenting skills, and whatever else is on parents’ minds. And they’re not just for mommies – For Fathers Only will take on, and take care of, the men in the family.

As you can see, we take your family's physical, intellectual, and emotional life seriously. So seriously that we make this promise: If it doesn’t contribute to your life in some way, it won't be on RoleModel.TV.