Do let your kids watch a lot of TV?

United States
January 7, 2007 1:48am CST
I am against letting kids sit in front of the TV all day long. And when I was a child, I hardly watched TV. There were so many things to do. We would play football, basketball, hockey (street hockey), soccer, and rollerskate. We even built forts on our front lawns and played pirate games with our neighbors. But, I have noticed that children nowadays practically live in front of the TV. Whether it is playing games, watching movies, or just watching TV shows. And, as a result of that, child obesity has increased immensely, so has Type 2 Diabetes (Diabetes in children, Early-On set Diabetes). A distant cousin of mine sets her two kids in front of the TV from the moment they wake up, till the moment they fall asleep. And now, they cannot sleep unless the TV is on in the background.
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@simplysue (631)
• United States
8 Feb 07
My kids are both very active. Even if the tv is on the little one doens't pay much attention unless he is tired. My eldest doesn't have much time for tv as he is in high school and has a job. He also walks a lot, at least two miles a day. We had a scare with high blood pressure when he was 15 after gaining 20 lbs in one summer visit with his Dad. I guess they eat out a lot.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Yeah, guys tend to eat out a lot together, my brother eats out with his buddies and cousins, even when there is dinner on the table...but that is good to know that they are not TV fanatics, it is sad when kids miss out on all the fun things that can be enjoyed outside or away from the tv. Walking is good, I love walking, it just makes you feel really great.
@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
8 Feb 07
I have only a 11 years old son.I try don't let him watch TV many hours.Except TV another problem for the children these days is computer.The more of children or they sit in front of TV or in front or PC screen.I had many troubles with my son until i make him understand that there is limit time for everything.So now i let him watch TV or play at PC only for little time.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Yes, exactly. That is the way that it should be. Some children just don't know what to do with their time, and there is "too much of a good thing." So, it help to monitor them and keep them busy, I wish other parents could do that also. Their kids are sadly lacking in parental guidance, and attention.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Feb 07
I whole heartedly agree. As an ex primary school teacher of 22 years, and the Mother of 3 children, I can see obvious effects of too much TV. It's not just just watching too much TV, it's the inability of these children to not entertain themselves. My daughter, now nearly 14 was always allowed to watch TV, within reason. Suitable programs were chosen, and we occasioonally discussed what was "good" and not so good on various shows. At the same I encouraged and developed her interests in sport, art, craft and music. My step children on the other hand, were put in front of a TV as a way of keeping them out of their Mothers hair. Very little was done to supervise what they watched. No other interests were encouraged. The Result: Both do very poorly at school, and the elder in particular doesn't know what to do with himself unless he is watching TV.
• United States
7 Feb 07
That is a shame, and really quite popular...so many parents substitute their time with the TV. I'm glad that you did not do such a thing with your children, perhaps, you could slowly get them out of their rut (your step-children), even though they are not little anymore. And, I agree that with supervision and extra activities (outside or indoors, like board games) a little TV is not a bad thing.
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@Sawsen (795)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I actually don't have a T.V. And to be honest, I'm all the more better without it. I hate wasting my time in front of a screen and not benefitting with my time. I think tv often times is a waste of time, and it just makes your brain freeze sitting there and not using it to think all day. As for my daughter, she doesn't watch tv because as I've mentioned, we don't have one. I had a psychology teacher tell me that a lot of children and adults nowadays have a low attention span because of the tv, and the reason being is that there are a lot of commercials and that takes away a person's attention from what they're watching. So if a student is in class, they're sitting there waiting for commerical to come. And so their attention span is very low because they can only concentrate on something for so long that they're sitting there trying to focus on the entire lecture but can't because they're used to having a commerical in between. So I don't think I'll let my daughter watch too much tv unless maybe it's an educational film or something with no commericals.
• United States
11 Feb 07
That is true, and very interesting, by the way. I agree with you. Many children just do not know how to even entertain themselves, because they have never done anything remotely interesting, but sit in front of the TV all day. I believe that it is not even safe for kids to watch TV anymore, even the cartoons out there are above the levels of children, and mostly for adults. The computer has the same problem.