TV shows for children.

@laridbz (1287)
China
June 28, 2007 10:55am CST
What are the TV shows your kids like to watch? And what about you, what shows you used to watch when you were a child? Do you think they might be helpful for children education and estimulate their imagination, or you consider TV a harmful thing? I had a teacher who would say TV is the worst drug we can use. But I believe there are some good shows that might help children. It's said that Teletubbies is nice for the very little ones for example, but for me that show doesn't make much sense. I'd like to know your opinion about it. Thank you!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
28 Jun 07
We watch most anything and if anything comes up that is iffish. We discuss it. We watched a lot of Barney and Teletubbies etc and now are past that as they become teens. Daughter has always enjoyed the whodunits. Murder She Wrote and the like. Son like animals and science shows. Television can be a diversion at times. We did alot of movies after our first fire and it helped us to adjust slowly while we struggled to start again. Life should no revolve around television and excerise in gardening and chores are never neglected. It is all about balance. Teletubbies, for the young, repeat things like little kids like. They must be alien and nu-nu was always my favorite since as a vacuum it had a personality. The bunnies and flowers in the surroundings are fun to see. Also the parade episode was my favorite. boats, animals and the like. Fun is all it is. Their colors are basic ones that all kids identify at first. Take is for what it is just kid programming.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
29 Jun 07
Hi, Willow! Ok, I might give Teletubbies another chance! ;) Thanks for commenting!
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I didnt watch to much tv it didnt come in style till I was around 14 and watched all the black and whites. DIdnt know for years that The Lone Ranger was in color not till I bought my own colored set. As a kid had to much to do outside. as for my kids they watched things like Sessme Street and so does my grand daughter . Learn to count colors shapes things like that is good for kids prepares them for school some and We work with her with books too on the same thing and in songs.There are some cartoons I dod not like and wont let her watch.If you take a show or movie with meaning then talk to them about it to see what they got out of the show and if it taught them anything
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
3 Jul 07
The more violent cartoons are not recommended to very little ones indeed. But I don't think they're as harmful as people say. The same goes to violent games. I think they're a good way of unloading our anger. :D Thanks for sharing, Lakota!
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
4 Jul 07
your welcome as for violent games I guess you mean like on playstaton , they do seem very harm full or thy wouldnt put a rating on them andto get out your anger or what ever go out and play foot ball or something run races get tired al anger will go away
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
My child loves to watch Hi-5 and the Wiggles...I know most of the song myself...lol. I just remember when I was growing up watching the good old cartoons Tom and Jerry, and Tweety.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
3 Jul 07
Tom and Jerry are wonderful!! I still watch them sometimes! :)
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
28 Jun 07
The only shows my daughter really watch regulary are Little Einsteins and The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She likes both of those shows and I feel she can learn some good things from those shows. Little Einsteins has great classical music, art and instruments to learn about. And The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse teaches about numbers, shapes, and colors.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
3 Jul 07
Yes, there are many shows that teach something. I remember I loved them when I was little. :) Good luck!
• United States
28 Jun 07
When my daughter was a child (she's almost 20 now) she liked Barney and some show that had two women singers and a man singer. I can't remember the name of the show, but she LOVED it. They sang songs, performed on stage, aand taught lessons about sharing, honesty, etc. As she got older, she loved watching Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos, shows about animals, Power Rangers, and the like. In her teen years, we watched less and less television and did more reading. She became a big fan of independent films, and books that has interesting themes (I believe some of these books will become required reading in the years to come). When I was a child, I watched shows like Sesame Street, The Electric Company (where Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno got their starts), and Zoom. Back then, there was no such thing as cable television and we only got four channels on our television, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. I also watched The Brady Bunch, Emergency!, and The Lawrence Welk Show. I think I'm really starting to show my age here. Yikes! I think parents today have a very tough job of monitoring television, music and computer usage. I can't imagine what parents are dealing with these days, but I have seen my step-siblings struggle and eventually give up on trying to watch what their children do for recreation. I don't agree with it, but I would think it's a tougher job than what I had to deal with with my daughter. I met a teacher not too long ago who was frustrated with the way some of her students' parents reacted to her teaching methods. She told me about a parent calling her and complaining about her inability to get her son to do his homework. The teacher replied, "You're the parent. 'No' shouldn't be acceptable for you." I applauded her for her response. Do you think children have too much freedom to choose what they watch on television or what they listen to in their music?
@laridbz (1287)
• China
29 Jun 07
I don't think it's a good way to forbid. I don't have children, but from my own experience, I love to do exactly the forbidden things, you know? I think parents should show the ways to their kids, not impose what's wrong and right. I know talking is easy, but I think it's much more effective to talk the the children and make them understand why they're not supposed to watch it then just forbid it without further explanation. Thanks for commenting, artistmel!
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
28 Jun 07
There are some good shows out there, just not all of them. My 4 year old grandson loves the Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, Math Monsters, and Pinky Dinky Doo. With Dora, he's reinforcing the Spanish that he learns from his father (Spanish descent), so that program is very helpful. It will also be helpful once he starts school too, to understand other kids who don't have a good grasp on English and only know mostly Spanish (which is frequent in our area.) Math Monsters helps him learn his counting, and Pinky Dinky Do helps him learn all kinds of things, from listening in a story (she quizzes you as she goes along) to enforcing their memory of what happened in a story. (Teaches him to be a good listener, which will help a lot when he attends school.) With each of these shows, it's learning plus entertainment...he really doesn't realize he's learning, he just counts along, or answers the questions the character asks. I watch with him, and I am always amazed at how much he learns from these simple programs.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
3 Jul 07
I guess your grandson whatches a great mix of good shows! And well, with 4 years old he speaks two languages? :) Thanks for your response, Joyful!
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
29 Jun 07
I like my daughter to watch Sesame Street, they have a new number & letter to learn every day & the puppets are funny, so she'll watch it. My daughter also likes to watch Play School, they teach the time, the day of the week, animals, sounds & tell stories, the dances they do & songs they sing get my daughter dancing so she's active throughout the show too which is good. Some others are Raggs, Bing & Bong, Bananas in Pyjamas, then there are her movies but they're all kids ones - like Elmo!
@larskie23 (867)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
Dora - Dora the Explorer
When i was a kid, i used to watch our local show here in the philippines called "batibot" its the version of Sesame Street in the US. I like watching shows were i can learn new things, but as i grow, my watching preferences change to cartoons. like transformers. So when i had a little brother, he was watching cartoons too now, justice league. I think, TV shows for children varies also to adults watching the TV, to help children we must change our preferences and change the channel to something educational and so their minds wont be corrupted. Now, my nieces watched DORA, and Hi 5. its a good children show and i like it too. Less of Cartoon Network cause some of their shows are to absurd, i dont think words like stupid,etc. should be mentioned in TV shows for children. More of Nick jr. because their shows are really educational and for pre schoolers.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
3 Jul 07
Cartoon Network has adult shows as well, but they're very late. And very funny by the way! I still like the cartoons for children, but since I found out those adult shows, my taste changed a little. :D
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
8 Jul 07
Tv viewing moderately is good for children specially if you can moniter the amount of viewing & quality of the programme.If the child only sees good educative programmes thane it is good but too much viewing is addictive & can ruin a childs mind & health.It is very addictive .So it has to be done in a moderate way.
@charms88 (7546)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Hello laridbz. There are literally more educational shows for kids nowadays. I always monitored the shows my girls are watching. I also set a time limit on the hours they are allowed to watch. Its a no TV policy during weekday for them as they need to do their homeworks. Teletubbies is basically a cartoon show that teach color recognition to kids below 2 years old. The lively colors can enhance the child's appreciation for colors.
• United States
30 Jun 07
My kids watch all sorts of stuff. They like Disney shows (like the cartoons, Hannah Montana, and the movies), Nick Jr (like Rugrats and Dora and stuff). They also watch the Discovery channels (they love Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch), History channels. They also love the Simpsons, King of the Hill, That 70s Show. A new fav is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And my kids are little. 7, 5 1/2, 4 1/2 and 14 months. I love TV. I love to watch it with my kids. We watch all the time. I don't think it is evil, mostly because I don't believe in that kind of stuff.
• United States
29 Jun 07
My daughter watches Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, the Wonder Pets, and the Backyardigans. She loves them all. I'm not sure if they benefit her at all at her age, but she shows interest in all the colors, and one of the shows teaches Spanish somewhat and I'd like her to learn.
• Pakistan
29 Jun 07
My family kids are more into Cartoon Network and Disney Channel so there are alot of other programs in those channels so can tell you their favourite but they do watch these channels
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
29 Jun 07
Hi laridbz.. I remember learning most numbers and alphabets through Sesame Street.. That was some 2 decades ago, though. Now, my 3 year old loves to watch shows on the Playhouse Disney channel. I've got to admit there are some really good shows like Little Einsteins (my son knows about planets and can hum a Beethoven tune because of that show), Elmo's World, Higglytown Heroes, etc. I watch them with him and i believe it has lots of great values that children can learn from. Only recently, he's been exploring the Nickelodeon channel and Cartoon Network. I find it inappropriate for him to watch at a tender age because some of the characters are quite rude. Lots of talking back and shouting. Anyways, I do agree with you that Teletubbies don't really make any sense at all. I can never get what they're up to. :)