Should children be allowed to watch tv?

Canada
October 5, 2009 7:40am CST
I was watching an episode of Wife Swap the other day, and one of the families didn't believe in having tv in the household, or allowing their children to watch tv, because they believed it rots the brain. A little ironic that these people were on a reality tv show, but I digress. I've known others who believe it's best to keep their children from watching television, or keeping the tv time to say a total of one hour a day (for everyone together), and then it's off the rest of the day. Myself, I like to use the television as a form of stress relief after one of those days. It can be good for a bit of a laugh, or distraction. Mostly, the stuff I watch is educational, though, and makes you think. Even as a child, my mom would come in to the room and find me watching something on the social behaviours of the north american wildlife (for example). I believe it's the content that rots your brain, and not the medium. Allowing children to watch an hour or two of tv a day isn't really any different than letting them play Go Fish, or colour in their colouring books. Of course, I do think there should be a limit. I wouldn't want my children sitting for 8 hours at a time staring at the television, because then it's obviously taking away from their chances to go out and get some exercise, or develop other skills by doing a variety of activities. I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks. Were you banned from television when you were young? How do you think it's effected you?
3 people like this
23 responses
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
5 Oct 09
yeah i agree with you. Kids should be allowed to watch television but with a limit. Having them spend the whole day watching a box isnt good. Spending too much time in front of the tv can be hazardous for them, and sometimes kids get more agressive when you tell them to turn off the tv. My little brother sometimes is like that unfortunately. As everything in life, i believe there has to be an equilibrium. There are many things to do, and just doing one, prevents one from doing other kind of things that can be more beneficial than tv. Although there can be benefits from tv, for example tv helped me a lot learning english (also videogames helped me, which people tend to say its bad for kids as well). So yeah kids should be allowed to watch tv, but having an equilibrium in their lifes
1 person likes this
@bmuchler (442)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Maybe the parents felt TV only rots kids brains. I don't let my kids watch a lot of TV. They watch maybe 1-2 hours a day. It depends on weather and what is on. If they are watching a movie they can watch until that is over. My 7 year old and I watch Blue Planet together. I love watching his reactions. I have to admit, my reactions are the same. I wasn't really interested too much in TV as a kid. I grew up in the country so I was always outside. I loved picking berries and fruit from the trees, wading through the creek in our backyard. Playing with the neighbors. I think the only time I watched TV was a little before bed. As a teenager I watched more TV, but not ours of it. My interest was more of listening to my Broadway Show Soundtracks. Funny, not much has changed.
• India
5 Oct 09
Children can be allowed to watch tv but with a limit. I feel they learn a lot through visuals but care should be taken that do not watch obscene or violent things as these visuals create a great impact on children. Anything in limit is always good.
@ashter (22)
• Indonesia
5 Oct 09
I banned watched tv if the program for adult not for child.I always supervised when I watched tv by my parent.Thats have effect for my attitude from watched tv.I think we must allow child 1 - 2 hours watching tv for a day and we must keep an eye from the tv program they watched.Don't you ever banned them to watch tv because affect for their attitude in future
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
It depends on the tv show. As we all know that there's a lot of tv shows that aren't good to watch especially for the children. There are shows that the parent's guide is always needed even just for watching cartoons. A lot of parents allow their child to watch, and they feel comfortable because they know it's a cartoons show, but there are times that even cartoons now are consisting of inappropriate scenes like killings. I think the best way to get rid of this is the guidance from us. We should always look for our children.
1 person likes this
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
5 Oct 09
You are absolutely right. It is ironic that people on a television reality show would say they don't let their kids watch TV. Hahaha. I don't think it is about the television. It is about you the parent. You can use the television, or any other gimmicks to babysit your kids or you can spend time with your children yourself. It is the content on television that rots their brain. If you, the parent offer alternative activities, television does not have to dominate their lives. My 8 year old grandson has never had anyone tell him when to watch television and when not to. He has been presented with lots of crafts and activities practically from birth. As a result of that, he will only watch a few shows that he tags as his favorites. Then he is off to something else. At age 2 he was already highly proficient with a computer mouse. No, he is not a genius and has no special skills. I did not grow up with television because I am from another generation. I am a grandmother. It would not be fair to compare my experience to your experience. As far as my children, they probably watched too much television because my husband and I worked most of the time. We used television to babysit our kids. We worked to give them the best of everything and perhaps neglected some of the best of everything - our family. But they came out OK after all, as did most of the baby boomers. LOL.
• Spain
5 Oct 09
Yes, I think that it is okay to allow children to watch TV as long as you only allow them shows that are right for their age. Children should have limits as to the content or orientation of the show. This is why there assocations/boards that regulates the programs being showed on TV. This is to protect the children and only allow them to watch those programs that are appropriate for their age.
• Canada
6 Oct 09
I agree with you in that, it's the content that parents should be more concerned about, rather than the television itself. I think parents who thinks TV rots children's brains, never really watched TV when they were young. And they just get a misconception of what kinds of things you can watch on TV. I mean, there are a lot of educational programs out there, not just cartoons (but then again, you can also learn helpful things in cartoons too). I learned a lot from TV actually; and I'd have to say that I probably remember the stuff I learned on TV longer than what I would learn in school, just because there were visuals and were presented in a unique and interesting way. And yeah, there certainly should be a limits on TV watching. I never had any limits on my TV watching when I was young as long as my homework was done first and it wasn't past by curfew. I remember my parents telling me, actually, that when I was really young, they would just park me in front of the TV, and I would be nice and quiet for a long time (=p). But I'm pretty sure that resulted in my shyness and, of course, not being fit (not that I'm grossly overweight or anything like that; I just can't run very far without huffing and puffing already).
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
I believe that effective learning for children is on tv nowadays. Children can remember easily if they saw it on tv. For us to guide children, we must exercise parental guidance and let children only the education series for them to learn.
@home415 (118)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I had limits. Though they find out that good educational tv is good for you to watch for a good time. The cartoons should be limited unless educational. Disney has some for little kids. Though if you want put parental blockage for ratings on the show.
5 Oct 09
Well, if we see it from possitive side, television can be one good source of knwoledge, education and information. Children should be allowed to watch Television, in general, but some restrictions might be applied, such as no TV at above 10.00 o'clock and no rated 'R' programs for children. However, parents are responsible for telveision for the children. Keeping TV away from children just make children eager to know and try everything they can to watch it once. However, TV itself offers some specific programs for children, such as cartoon, and children quiz. =)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
i am a mom of A 3 years old kid and 9 months old, they are both male. i am hands on in taking good care of them...in my own opinion, i believe that television is really a big part of developing kids personality and a big impact in growing children. in my own experience and observation to my own 3 years old son, it was the television that teaches my son of doing things that i think its not good for a kid to learn in his young age.. When my son was only 1 year old until he reach 2 years and half the only movies i keep on playing on him in our television was educational cds like barney, alphabets and ect., and i can realy say that it helps me a lot since i dont have the talent to trach my son manually. thru the cds and educational channel i keep him watching everyday he learns his abc, how to count one until ten, he also recognize some animals and thier sounds and learn how to sing and dance thru the television. and i can really say he learns a lot from this means of machines...but later on since i myself love to watch anime like naruto and other cartoon character sometime i let him watch with me everytime i watch some of this stuff. later on my son watch this kind of movies even i am not watching, since he know already how to turn on our television, i was alarm of this because i see the changes of his characters and the way he talks. he becomes violent in his plays like kicking his playmates or make power to his friends to the extent of hurning his friends, even in his nanny and me. Obviously television is really a big influence in the childrens life. I think we dont have to banned the television in our home but instead as parents lets choose the variety of movies we allow our children to watched. Let us influence and teach our children to choose a good and helpful kind of movies they watch and explain to them properly why they are not allowed to watch some kinds of movies.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
6 Oct 09
No, I was not banned from watching TV when I was a child. I was though banned from watching certain shows. I had to watch children show or shows that were for the whole family. I did not watch much doing the week had to do homework and then bed to get up for school next day. Did watch more on weekends but still found time to go out and play with friends.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
6 Oct 09
We were allowed to watch TV but it was usually only an hour before bedtime and that was only if we were good. Even then TV was monitored as to what we were able to watch of course. On the weekends we were able to watch a little bit of cartoons but then we had to get our chores done if we wanted to go out and play. We had a very strict upbringing. In fact chocolate milk was a treat for us.
• India
6 Oct 09
For me personaly banning children to watching TV couldn't bring a solution, because the more you say no.. they will do yes. TV is a gift for our century,there are lot of informations, we could guess very easily which shows or channels are good and educational, again which channels are mere entertainment, useless and vulgerable. so it is the parents to decide which is best for their children. when the whole family is watching a TV Show along with their kids, if a scene is there which is going to badly affect the kids life, parents have to change the channel. this age we have lot of channels so we could easily turns the mood to other channel. Yes i agree children need lot of recreation, it is not good to stay before TV idle for a long time. but we can teach the children that they have to do some excercise by standing up or rotating their eyes every 15 min while watching TV. I learned a lot through watching TV. I have so many friends who doesn't like watching TV, their only intrest is playing and loitering. but hardly they knew the world. by watching the various issues and about the various places i can conclude with an idea about the cultures and behaviours of different ethnic groups. children keen watching TV are automatically become a keen absorver and when the time comes they act as they have watched in the TV. by watching TV children are learning to sing, dance, act and even to fight.Thesedays it is only because of the selfish parents who only consentrating on their earnings are not giving time to their children, not teaching their children the way of life. when they are ready to talk with children then TV takes the oppertunity. so TV is the best friend to the loneliness. TV could rot the mind of the children if they are allowed to watch some imoral shows or scene, if we have check on the children ( not only to children to adult also)what they are prefered to see we can avoid the rotting of the children minds.
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Parents should guide their children on watching tv. They should limit it to weekends only and not to watch on school nights. They should also limit it to maximum of 4 hours and encourage their children to do other educational stuff other than wathing tv and computer. Children now a days spent more time in front of tv or computer that they don't use their body and energies to more productive, educational and fun things like sports. They become more focused on their selves and the computer or tv that they tend to forget that there are still other people they can play with. No time for bonding with other children or their family tend to make children become antisocial.
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
For me television has a big influence in my life. As a child my mom bought me my own television for me to use it if i want to play video games or just watched cartoons. If I watched something when I was a child a remember that my mom or my dad was always there with me, explaining what was shown on TV, especially if its a bit violent and the language was not really for children and because of this it was very informative and I enjoyed it. As a parent i bought my child a lot of DVD movie that are informative like kid shows that teach them how to count, teach her the alpahabet, children songs and different colors and shapes, because of this she enjoy what she's watching at the same time she learns. I believe that as parents we have the responsibility to guide our children especially if their learning is at stake.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
I learned a lot from television when I was young, I recall watching the Sesame Street. I loved it when I was young and I still hold that affection for the characters that I spent a few hours of each day with. I also think it was one of the factors that I am good at my english skills. Television has a lot to offer this days, and parents need to be more cautious of what their kids are exposed to. Shows today show a lot more skin and violence and it really is hard to determine how it affects the minds of very young people. As a parent myself, I find it hard to deny my kids the pleasure of watching shows that I don't necessarily think are any good to them. What I can do is to be there while they watch the show and try to be there when they have questions or I point out to them why the show is really not good.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I don' t think we should strongly restricted the children to watch TV, I think we can allow them to watch TV like tell the children when is the right time to watch TV and when is not the right time to watch TV; just like what my mom used to give us instruction of when to watch. I think it is good to monitor the children to watch TV instead of letting them to watch anytime.
• United States
5 Oct 09
My parents never really had rules about the amount of tv I watched but then again I never strayed too long in front of the tv. But when I have kids I know I will limit it because this new generation of children ARE becoming more hooked to technology and I don't want that for my kids. Not to mention, the content I think is just getting worse. I'm not even sure I'll let my kids watch Disney Channel. Which is a shame because I used to love it but now it is full of shallow storylines and petty characters. Even if there is some good moral in it I feel like the bad representations of the rest of the show wouldn't be worth it.