Christmas TV is Here – What to Watch

holiday-tv-circleThe holidays aren’t the same without those time-honored traditions: Hanging up the Christmas stockings, shaking presents to guess what’s inside, and binge-watching the Christmas Story marathon until you can recite each and every line from memory.

But the old traditions are made better with the addition of a few new ones. And if you’re getting tired of watching the same-old thing, there are plenty of new specials, made for TV movies and live events to keep the whole family entertained this season.


Holiday Classics: Traditions to pass on to the next generation.

  • A Christmas Story

12/25 All Day — TBS
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the 24-Hour Christmas Story Marathon playing in the background. Go a full day without having to change the channel, and get the whole family singing “You’ll shoot your eye out” in unison.

  • Elf

12/15 8:20PM; 12/16 6:05PM — Freeform
A modern classic and feel-good tale just as funny for adults as it is for kiddos. Features Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, who inspired his own real-life holiday.

  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

12/19 7:50PM; 12/23 6:10PM — Freeform
Even though this movie dates back to 1989, it is still a great holiday classic to watch with the family. The movie follows the Griswold family as they plan for a big family Christmas which predictably turns into a big disaster.


Best for Kids: Fun movies to keep the kids busy while you wrap a few presents.

  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

12/14 7:00PM — ABC
This new holiday feature is based on Disney’s animated hit Frozen and is comprised of four new original songs and the same characters and cast from the 2013 film. In the special, Olaf teams up with Sven on a holiday mission to find the best family traditions in the kingdom for Anna and Elsa.

  • Polar Express

12/17 1:45PM —Freeform
Tom Hanks narrates this adaptation of the popular children’s book where a young boy journeys to the North Pole on board a magical train to meet Santa.


Best for Adults: Holiday entertainment when the rest of the house is sleeping.

  • Saturday Night Live Christmas Special

12/21 9PM —NBC
Catch the classic SNL holiday skits from your favorite cast members.

  • Die Hard

12/16 1:20PM – ActionMax,
An action film set on Christmas Day is the perfect way to shake up your holiday watch list. Catch a late-night showing or record to your DVR.  

  • Four Christmases

12/21 3:35PM – Freeform,
A comedy film featuring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn follows a couple as they struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.


Best Made for TV Movies: the season’s guiltiest pleasures.

  • A Very Merry Toy Store

12/14 11:00PM —Lifetime
Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez join forces for this Lifetime Original Movie about two rival toy store owners who must come together after a mega toy store opens in their town.

  • Christmas Next Door

12/16 9:00PM — Hallmark
This Hallmark original movie is the story of Eric Randall, an author of bachelor lifestyle books, who is left in charge of his young niece and nephew for the holiday. Eric turns to his neighbor April, a lover of all thing Christmas, for help.


For the Whole Family: No fighting or fussing for control of the remote. Everyone in the family will enjoy these funny shows.

  • The Great Christmas Light Fight

12/18 7:00PM — ABC
The holidays are about to get a whole lot brighter with ABC’s immensely popular decorating competition series. Tune in to see the countries wildest and most spectacular holiday displays.

  • Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12/24 6:35PM — Freeform
No one plays the Grinch quite like Jim Carrey, who begrudgingly learns to love the Whos in this Seussical adaptation.


TV Specials: Live, star-studded holiday spectaculars.

  • A Christmas Story Live

12/17  6:00pm – FOX
A live musical adaptation of the iconic film and Broadway Production about an American family during the Christmas season in the 1950s. Featuring Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Ana Gastayer, and Jane Krawkowski.

  • Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration

12/25 9AM – ABC
Keep your pajamas on and join hosts Julianne and Derek Hough for a spectacular Christmas Day parade through Disney Main Street filled with musical performances and surprise celebrity appearances. The perfect way to wake up and spend Christmas with the family.

 

 

5 Reasons to keep your Landline Home phone

History of telephones from rotary to smartphoneMany people think landline phones are old and an outdated technology that belongs in a museum. In fact, according to a 2017 CDC report, only 45.9% of an American households still have a landline phone. If you are thinking about joining the mobile-only households, consider some of these advantages of keeping a landline phone.

  1. Emergencies (911): In the event of an emergency, your landline is the best way to call 911. Even if you can’t speak, the dispatcher knows your address and can quickly send help. While cell phones can track your location through GPS, it can only track you to the nearest cell site, which could waste valuable time in an emergency. Furthermore, during major disasters, power can be out for days and cell phone lines may be jammed due to everyone using them at once. With a landline, if the power goes out, it will still work and you won’t have to worry about jammed up lines.
  2. Dependability of service: While a landline phone does limit your mobility and where you can use it, you can’t beat its dependability. Even in today’s highly mobile world there are still cellular dead zones and areas with spotty reception. Plus, you don’t have to worry about whether your battery is charged or not.
  3. Alternative Number: Many people don’t want to give their cell phone number out to just anyone. So, a landline could be an alternative number that could be used instead of giving out your cell number.
  4. Convenience: With a landline, there are no worries about how many minutes you have left. Also, it is great to have another way to reach your family. Especially if they forget to turn their cell phone off vibrate or silent.
  5. Saving Money: Many companies, like ImOn, offer discounts when you bundle your home phone with other services like Internet and cable TV. A landline may save you on the additional cost associated with using too many minutes on your cell phone plan.

Opening Up About Cyber Bullying: How You Can Help Your Child Speak Up & Build Resilience

Teenage Girl Being Bullied By Text Message

When we think back on our own childhoods, it’s tempting to think that “kids these days” have it easy. After all, they have instant access to information at the tip of their fingers. There’s technology all around them built to keep them constantly entertained. And without even appreciating it, they can have a face-to-face conversation with friends from anywhere in the world, any time they want.

It’s hard not to feel a little jealous. Who wouldn’t want to grow up with all this amazing technology at their disposal?

But kids today have it tougher than we give them credit for. On top of all the social pressures that have always existed, they face new challenges that arise from our 24/7 connectedness. Challenges we may not personally understand.

That’s just one of the reasons parents find it so hard to talk to their teens about cyber bullying. We know what it is and how it can affect them—but we don’t always have the personal experience to tell them how to get through it.

But that doesn’t mean that you’re not qualified to talk to them about cyber bullying. As their parent, you are the best person to help them to look beyond their immediate circumstances, build resilience, and teach them the values to conduct themselves online in a way that is safe and respectful of others.

 

What You Should Know

Cyber bullying can take many forms, whether it’s posting an unflattering picture of someone without their permission, leaving a hurtful comment on a public page, sending threatening direct messages, or non-stop texting.

It happens across many social platforms like Instagram and Facebook, and on apps like SnapChat and WhatsApp. But bullies use many other communication channels to harass their victims, like email, Skype or FaceTime, even through good old-fashioned phone calls.

According to i-Safe, more than half of adolescents have been victims of cyber bullying—and nearly a quarter experience this abuse repeatedly. Additionally, dosomething.org claims only 1 in 10 victims of cyber bullying will tell a parent or another adult about their experience.

That last fact should give us all pause.


An Uncomfortable Silence

It’d be difficult for a child to hide a physical injury like say, a twisted ankle or a black eye. But there’s not always tangible evidence of cyber bullying. Our sneaky teens already go to great lengths to hide their online activity from us, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their first response to a threatening text might be to delete it.

There are plenty of reasons why victims don’t come forward. First and foremost, cyber bullying can be extremely embarrassing. They may also fear being punished for their own behavior. Maybe they didn’t report a threatening text because they didn’t want you to know they broke curfew. Maybe the bullying involves a friend you forbid them from associating with. Maybe they have been reciprocating the bullying and bear some of the responsibility themselves.

Regardless of why the cyber bullying is happening, it’s unacceptable, and something needs to happen to address it. Oftentimes, teens feel like asking for help only means getting into more trouble and facing new consequences.

So how on earth are you expected to know if your child is facing persistent harassment?


How You Can Address Cyber Bullying

  1. Stay in the Know

Monitoring your kids’ online behavior is important, and it can alert you to cyber bullying your kids don’t want to talk about. As your children get older and become teens, they need more privacy—you don’t have to read every text, email or message that comes their way to know they’re safe.

The amount of online supervision needed will vary from kid to kid, but in general, it’s a good idea to know what apps they use and how much time they spend online. It’s also worth getting to know their online friends just like you would the ones they interact with in person. Read our Cyber-Safety First blog for more information on how to monitor online activity and set parental controls on mobile devices.

  1. Establish Ground Rules

Establishing house rules for online safety and conduct can be a good dose of prevention. But here’s the catch: the rules can’t just apply to your teen—there need to be certain expectations for parents as well. A family Internet contract (like this one from the Cyberbullying Research Center) can help keep your kids safe online. It can also encourage them to come forward when they’re in trouble by ensuring that there won’t be any unreasonable consequences for doing so.

  1. If Something Happens, Take Action

While it can be painful to keep a record of their abuses, encourage your kids not to delete any aggressive or threatening communications between them and their cyber bully. Print them out and keep a physical record on hand.

What should you do with this? If you feel the safety of your child is at risk, go to the police and report the threat. If the abuse is ongoing and involves other kids who go to school with your child, consider going to the school. They may be able to help mediate things between the kids, or between you and the other parents. (Dr. Adia Gooden, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Chicago shares some helpful advice for that very scenario here.)

You may also consider professional counseling or therapy for your child. Just because they say they are fine, doesn’t mean they are. Look for signs for depression and seek outside help if needed.

  1. Be Empathetic

The most effective tool you have working at your side is empathy, and as a parent, you already have this in abundance. If your teen feels comfortable talking to you about what’s happening to them, don’t betray their confidence by being judgmental, telling them to “toughen up” or accusing them of over-reacting. Respect their dignity and don’t dismiss their feelings. Avoid jumping to conclusions and let them tell their story—this is one situation where listening can be much more effective than telling.

Approaching your kid’s situation with empathy can have immediate benefits, and can come as a great relief to a teen who has been bottling up their emotions. But it can have a long-lasting, positive effect too—finding a safe method for coping (like talking about their feelings to a nonjudgmental, understanding parent) will help them build resilience.

  1. Help Your Child “Disconnect” (Without Pulling the Plug)

Cyber bullying is much different than regular school-yard bullying in that the abuse follows the victim wherever they go. Every time they pick up their phone, check their email or go online, they are reminded of their torment.

It seems like the obvious solution should be to take away their phones and limit their online activity—but this isn’t a reasonable request. Ask yourself, would you be willing to cut yourself off from all the things you enjoy online, all your friends and your connection to the outside world just to avoid one bully? Furthermore, they need to learn how to respond in a positive way—avoidance won’t teach them anything.

 Instead of cutting them off from the online world, re-introduce them to the real one. Take them on a hike or to their favorite store. Go see a movie. Play a board game. Just remember not to overdo it—your teen is still a teen, and for most parents, that means they’d rather do just about anything else then hang out with Mom and Dad. And if you have to force your teen to come along, it won’t do you any good. But sometimes just knowing that option is on the table is enough to make your teen feel included and loved.

 

Dealing with cyber bullies has, unfortunately, become a regular part of growing up. Every situation will be different and come with its own challenges, but by keeping an open line of communication with your child, extending a little bit of empathy and respecting their dignity, you can help your teen be more resilient in the face of bullies.

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Recommended Internet Speeds

Stop WatchInternet speed refers to the speed which information travels from the World Wide Web to your computer, tablet, smartphone, or any Internet ready device. The speed is measured in megabits per second (MBPS).

At ImOn we talk about Internet speed using download and upload speeds. Download speed is the speed data is transferred from one place to another. When you download a movie or a song, get email, or search and save from the web, you are using your download speed.  On the other hand, upload speed refers to the speed data is transferred from your computer to the Internet.

Your online activities will help dictate the Internet speed you need to have in your home. For example, if you upload a lot of files and videos, or live stream video games you will want to look for a higher upload speed.  On the other hand, if you download a lot of movies and music, play online games, or are a frequent Internet surfer, you will want to look for higher download speeds. The chart below shows the minimum recommended Internet speeds needed to use some of the typical online streaming platforms.

Recommended Minimum Internet Speeds for Streaming Platforms

The Federal Communications Commission’s website also has a list of recommended minimum Internet speeds for various online activities. Just keep in mind that these speeds are based on one person doing one of these activities at a time. In your house, you likely have several people doing many of these activities at the same time.

ImOn has also created the ImOn Speed Analyzer, which is an easy tool to help you calculate how much Internet speed your home needs based on your internet usage and devices.

One thing to keep in mind is that price should not be the only factor determining the Internet speed you get. While it may cost more, higher Internet speed is worth the investment, especially if you have multiple people using the Internet at the same time. Not only will your Internet pages load faster, you will be able to have multiple pages open at the same time, your videos will buffer less, and files will download faster. This will guarantee an overall better experience and alleviate many of the frustrations slow Internet may cause.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Internet Browsing

Many of us spend hours a week surfing the Internet. So, we wanted to share a few keyboard shortcuts you can use to help save time while navigating the Internet.

Laptop symbol with the word spacebar showing on the screenSpacebar to scroll down:
When you scroll down on the page, you can use the scroll bar on the right side of the window or the scroll wheel on the mouse.  But, did you know that you can also use the space bar? You can use the space bar to jump down one screen-length on the page. To move up on the page, use Shift and Spacebar.

control-NOpen a new window:
To open a whole new Internet window, use Control – N.

control--tOpen and close a new tab:
To open and new tab in your Internet window, use Control – T.  And if you want to close a tab, use Control – W.

Laptop symbol with the word Tab showing on the screen

Move quickly between tabs:
Now that you have opened more tabs by using the tip above, you can use Control-Tab to move between the multiple tabs.

control---1-8Switch between specific tabs:
If you want an easier way to switch to specific tabs you have open, use Control – 1 (or any number 1-8).  The number you use will be determined by counting your tabs from left to right.

control-DBookmark webpage:
If you would like to bookmark some of your favorite webpages, use Control – D.

Control-Shift-TReopening a tab you just closed:
Sometimes you are moving so fast online that you accidentally close a tab that you actually needed. Don’t worry! Control-Shift-T reopens the last closed tab.

control-fFast find:
If you don’t want to read through a whole webpage to find what you are looking for, use the Control-F shortcut. This will open a small search bar in the top corner of your Internet browser window. Type in a keyword you are looking for and it will tell you how many times it appears on the page. Then, click the arrows on the side of the search box and it will show you the exact spot the keyword appears.

Fall TV Premiers

Man holding several TV remotes
It’s that time of year: kids are back in school, the football season is starting, and your favorite TV shows are heading back to the airwaves after a long summer hiatuses. The major networks have released the premiere dates, so we complied some helpful links and calendars to help you navigate through all of the new and returning shows. So fire up your DVR’s and get your ImOn TV Everywhere account ready!

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4 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Mobile Devices

Mother watching boys using the internet on a phone image
Any internet-connected device, whether it’s a computer, tablet, or smartwatch, is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. But mobile phones—devices that track your precise location and contain vast amounts of personal information, photos, and contacts—pose an even bigger risk.

As parents, we want to protect our kids from online threats. But for most moms and dads, it’s impossible to supervise every second of online activity —not to mention on mobile phones where tech-savvy teens can delete their texts and hide their browsing history.

Eventually, we have to let our children learn to protect themselves and make responsible choices about their online security when we’re not around. But aside from setting rules and talking to your kids about online safety, you can make use of built-in features and downloadable tools on their phones for extra reassurance.


Restrict Access to Questionable Content
Most phones enable parents to password-protect features that can restrict access to websites, require permission to download apps or make in-app purchases, and block calls and texts from certain numbers. These features are great for preventing your kids from visiting sites with questionable content or going overboard in the app store, but they also limit access to less-than-legit sites that are laden with malware. Learn how to turn on restrictions on Apple devices here. For Android devices, go here.


Password Protect Your Devices
It goes without saying that every device in your household should be set to “lock” automatically once it’s turned off. While it sounds obvious enough, some people opt to forego password protection on shared devices and those primarily used by young children. Just remember, without password protection, if your device is lost and someone happens to pick it up, they not only have access to your contacts and your photos—they have access to any personal accounts (think Amazon or Facebook) that auto-fill your login information.


Keep Software Updated
Operating systems and apps continuously release updates to their software. Sometimes the updates are meant to fix glitches or improve user experience, but you’d be surprised how often those updates include bug fixes and security upgrades. Never skip an update! Make sure your phone is set to send notifications when updates become available, and teach young children how to identify these alerts.


Install Security/Privacy Software
If you’re looking for a more streamlined approach to monitoring your kids’ online activity AND protecting your private information, try installing a security app. There are a variety of providers like Norton Family and ESET that offer subscriptions that work across all your devices. They do a great job of filtering suspicious or inappropriate content, but they do an even better job of keeping track of your child’s online activity, as well as their calls, texts and app usage. As an added bonus, some apps even allow you to limit time spent on certain apps.

How do you protect your kids on their mobile devices? Share some of your tips and tricks by commenting below!

Kickoff the Football Season with ImOn

Football on artificial grass
Whether its college or NFL, football fans are getting excited for the upcoming season. And this football season ImOn wants to make sure you keep up with every touchdown, every field goal, every turnover, and every shocking upset, all season long.

Make sure you have all the channels you will need to watch the teams you want! Many of the top games will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, and Comcast SportsNet.  However, some games may get shuffled to other stations like ESPNU, Big Ten Alternate 1 & 2, Comcast SportsNet Plus, SEC Network, NFL Network, and more. So if you are the ultimate football fan, we suggest subscribing to the ImOn Sports and Info Package to make sure you have every channel your team may be playing on. If you are a NFL fan, then the NFL Network and NFL RedZone are what you need.

ImOn is also making it easy for you to find the games. Just go to www.MyImOn.com/football
for the complete TV schedule of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, and UNI Panthers. Or, you can check out the complete college football schedule by clicking here. If you’re a NFL fan, just go to www.MyImOn.com/NFLSchedule for the full NFL preseason and season schedules.

We also know that life sometimes gets in the way of your football viewing. So if you aren’t home to watch your favorite team, you can use ImOn TV Everywhere to catch all the action. With ImOn TV Everywhere you can access the games anywhere on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or any other Internet connected device. And the best thing is that it is free with your ImOn cable TV subscription! It’s easy to get started! Just go to www.MyImOn.com/TVEverywhere for registration instructions and a link to the ImOn Watch TV Everywhere page.

And ImOn Communications is helping you go to the game as well. Loyal ImOn customers have a chance to get discounted tickets to select 2017 Iowa Hawkeye football games. For more information visit www.MyImOn.com/offers

What Is Fiber-to-the-Home and Why Does It Matter?

Fiber optic cables in shape of ImOn logo image
ImOn knows that the right connections make all the difference! One connection that matters is fast Internet. Fast Internet helps you make connections, by sending and receive emails, binge watching your favorite shows, gaming to your hearts content, working from home, checking up on family and friends through social media and so much more.

Remember when you had to dial into the Internet through your landline? Back then, we used the Internet so infrequently that it was OK to interrupt phone service to get online. Eventually you probably upgraded from dial-up to DSL or cable Internet. But now, people are starting to upgrade their Internet to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Internet.

What is Fiber-to-the-Home Internet, and why are people so excited?

ImOn fiber-to-the-home technology is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. It provides a seamless, nearly instantaneous connection so you don’t have to worry about buffering, or pages taking too long to load. It also means that everyone in your household can play games, watch TV, work, and browse the Internet simultaneously, without slowing things down for everyone else. Here’s what’s different about ImOn’s fiber-to-the-home services:

  • Newer Technology: The difference between copper and fiber has been likened to the difference between the telegraph and the telephone. Fiber to the home uses fiber optic cable that contains strands of glass, thinner than a human hair. It carries digital information over long distances using pulses of light, instead of electricity, like traditional copper cable.
  • Speed: Internet over ImOn fiber-to-the-home is noticeably and measurably faster. In fact, ImOn offers speeds up to 1 Gig (1,000Mb)! You can easily share photos, videos, work from home, and do online gaming without a second thought. No more video buffering or waiting for your files to download.
  • Bandwidth: With fiber-to-the-home, slow or lagging Internet becomes a thing of the past. Light is efficient, so fiber cables carry more information – thousands of times more than copper wire. That means you won’t notice any slowdowns during the peak times of day when your neighbors are on the internet too.
  • Reliable: Fiber to the home technology is pretty much immune to many of the factors and interferences that affect copper cable. Also, it won’t falter under harsh weather conditions and electrical surges. That all adds up to less downtime for you!
  • Increased home values: A recent study found that fiber-to-the-home may increase a home’s value by up to 3.1 percent. And the great thing is that we install it for you.

ImOn is committed to expanding our fiber-to-the-home service to accommodate our customers’ increasing need for more bandwidth in their homes and businesses. Would you like to experience the ImOn Fiber-to-the-Home difference? Give us a call at 319-298-6484 or visit www.ImOn.net/Fiber today.

Family-Friendly Fall TV Shows That Teach a Lesson

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It’s not always easy for families to land on a TV show that everyone can agree on. But luckily, the fall 2017 TV lineup is filled with programs for all-ages that will surprise and delight viewers. From touching sitcoms to fascinating docudramas, there’s plenty of high quality programming to choose from. The best part? These shows won’t make you feel guilty for spending time on the couch—instead, they’ll make you feel a little smarter, more compassionate and optimistic for the future!


Sitcoms Worth Your While

Hokey sitcoms with laugh tracks and cheap jokes are (thankfully) heading out the door and making room for a new breed of TV shows that feature compelling story lines and strong characters. Among many fantastic series, Modern Family and Speechless stand out from the crowd for their thoughtful, family-friendly content that inspires reflection.

  • Modern Family – Now on its ninth season, this “mockumentary” series follows patriarch Jay Pritchett and the families of his adult children. Known for its over-the-top characters and clever (and clean) sense of humor, the show’s format (similar to the Office), allows the characters to speak directly to their audience and explore the challenges and joys of raising a family in the present era. This five-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series returns Wednesday, Sept. 27 to ABC.
  • Speechless – Returning for its sophomore season, Speechless follows the DiMeo family and supermom Maya (Minnie Driver) as she strives to make the world a better place for her nonverbal son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy. This outstanding show is both hilarious and honest, and has earned praise for its high caliber acting, as well as raising awareness about families impacted by disabilities. Season two premiers Wednesday, Sept 21 on ABC.

 

Reality Shows That Redefine the Genre

Our favorite nonfiction series aren’t your typical reality shows that rely on foul language or staged drama for entertainment.

  • MythBusters – MythBusters is finally returning to TV, this time with new hosts and a new team to put scientific misconceptions and urban legends to the test. A great blend of humor, science and pure entertainment, this show will make you forget it’s actually educational. Catch the reboot on the Science Channel every Wednesday starting November 15.
  • Finding Your Roots – Sit down with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he helps celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, Derek Jeter and Barbara Walters explore their ancestral roots and discover what’s hidden in their family trees. This show is great for prompting discussion with older kids on historical topics, and might even inspire you to take interest in your own family history. The series returns Wednesday, October 3 to PBS, with notable cameos from Sean Combs, Mia Farrow and LL Cool J.

 

Documentaries That Won’t Put You to Sleep

Forget the dated, boring documentaries you were forced to watch in school. These high-quality docs will keep you glued to your seat and teach you more about the world we live in.

  • Beyond A Year in Space – This documentary follows up on A Year in Space (2016), which captured a year-in-the-life of astronaut Scott Kelly as he worked onboard the International Space Station. The new sequel follows Kelly as he returns to Earth and participates in NASA’s Twin Study with his twin brother Mark, a fellow astronaut. Catch the highly anticipated premiere this November on PBS.
  • Honey Badger Grit – This documentary made for the Smithsonian Channel follows Grit, a fearless 18-month-old honey badger as he braves the harsh wilderness of Namibia for the first time on his own. See why honey badgers earn their reputation as one of the toughest, most resilient species in this captivating hour-long special that premieres Wednesday, August 9.

 

For Kids of All Ages

  • OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes – Cartoon Network’s latest original show, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes premiered early August and is already catching people’s attention. This zany, optimistic cartoon from the creators of Adventure Time and Steven Universe is superbly animated and filled with a talented cast of voice actors. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of younger audiences, but are sure to land with parents, making this one series that your kids will love and you’ll actually enjoy!
  • Odd Squad – this series packs in as much fun as it does educational content. As the characters work together to solve real-life, math-related mysteries, the audience is invited to join in and work through the problems as the show progresses. Catch a mix of new episodes and re-runs every day on PBS Kids.

 

Looking to add more educational or family-friendly programming to your watchlist? ImOn’s Channel Lineup brings quality networks like Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet straight to your TV. Go here to see a complete listing of featured channels.