Do you let your children watch TV?

@carlaabt (3505)
United States
January 24, 2007 11:29am CST
If so, how much? And what kind of programs? We let our son watch TV. He loves Little Einsteins and Higglytown Heroes in the morning while he eats breakfast. He also watches Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues most days. And Backyardigans is his favorite! He also has a collection of about 100 movies. I've heard a lot of people say that watching TV is bad for kids, but I think my son is just fine. I always watched TV when I was little, and I think I turned out fine, too.
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@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
my baby is just 18 months old bu tshe already like tv so much... but i allowed her to see tv for 1 hr in whle day...these are just glimpse not whole programme in one session.... i dont want her to be addicted of tv at this early stage. But after wards i think it would be okk to watch tv..especially some good programmes with education and fun kinda things.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yeah, my son is almost 1 and sometimes I worry that he might become addicted. But he almost always watches educational shows and I think it actually helps him develop.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Television creates different vision for people to view the world.
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@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
I let my 2-year old daughter and sometimes, my 5-month old son watch TV. My daughter LOVES watching Dora the Explorer on Nick Jr. and on DVD, in fact, she has a whole collection of Dora the Explorer shows. It's fine with me because Dora is not just an ordinary cartoon show or cartoon character, my daughter has learned a lot of things from her, including some Spanish terms. My 5-month old sometimes gets to watch my daughter's shows too when he's bored playing in his crib. But if his big sister is not watching TV and he's bored, I usually put in a Baby Einstein DVD to stimulate his brain. Other shows that my daughter likes watching is Barney, Elmo's World, Sesame Street, Hi-5, Fun Song Factory, Blues Clues and The Backyardigans.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I don't feel watching tv is bad for children. I do think it's bad when tv is used as a babysitter. My youngest daughter turned 2 in November and until recently, she had no interest in tv. I have noticed that she prefers sitting on my lap and looking at a book. She absolutely loves sticker books!
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• Canada
24 Jan 07
My boys, age 7 and 8, can each have an hour of TV and/or video games per day. They have to decide how they want to use the time, and when it's up - its' up. I don't find that they are addicted to TV, but that may be because it has always been monitored and limited. I don't believe that TV is linked to ADD or ADHD at all.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I don't really think it is directly linked to ADD either. When I was little the TV was ALWAYS on at our house and I never had ADD and neither did any of my siblings. Don't get me wrong, we all played sports and had outside interests too, but I bet we still watched 4 hours or more of TV every night. Plus an hour in the morning while we were getting ready for school. And I do think we all turned out fine. But my mom did limit what we were allowed to watch, instead of how much. That's pretty much what I do with my son, too.
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• Canada
25 Jan 07
I let my daughter watch T.V, she is 1 and she loves to watch Franklin, Dora, Little Einstiens, The Dog Whisperer. I turnt the T.V on in the morning and put her shows on while she eats breakfast and she really doesnt pay it much attention unless one of the shows she like are on... but then again she does really love the mini wheats commercials LOL anyways i havent begun limiting her T.V watching because she is 1 and doesnt watch much at all. She is usually too busy playing with toys and chasing her cat around the house. but once she gets older her t.v watching will be monitored and limited.
@amishagg (186)
• India
25 Jan 07
Frankly speaking there is no reason why you should not let your child watch t.v. if he/she does it with parental monitoring.
@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
25 Jan 07
I am a student and I have been through this phase in my life and why I only everyone else..also.My personal experience says that TV is one of the major factor which determines his personality ,his behaviour and also helps in gainig knowlegde.(may be right or wrong).. So to use this gadget in a good manner I think it is the responsibility of the parents to keep a watch and also guide them in selecting the show..which are informative..and are exclusively meant for children...I support watching Discovery,Animal Planet and National Geographic channels without any doubts..
• Canada
25 Jan 07
Watching TV is bad for kids if that's all they ever do, and they say that the reason TV is bad for kids is because it doesn't teach them about human interaction. Anyone can sit and watch TV for 8 hours a day, but that doesn't mean they're going to be a people person, and know how to behave with people. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, and they *watch* about 2-3 hours of TV a day, and the TV is on ALL THE TIME.. it doesn't get turned off until I go to bed at night. They love Blues Clues, Dora, Diego, Backyardigans, Atomic Betty, Miss Spider.. they love everything, but we spend time together as a family, doing things with each other all day long. They'll watch TV in the morning while I'm making breakfast, then we all eat as a family, and they help me ( in their own way) clean up. We do crafts, and we play together, the TV is there so that when I have to clean, or do dishes, or cook, that they're not getting into trouble. And I don't see anything wrong with it at all. I watched soooo much TV when I was a kid that it wasn't funny. My mother told me that it was the best babysitter in the world.. I don't use it like she did, but the point is, I am perfectly normal and fine.. and I wathed more TV in a day than my kids do in a week. There's nothing wrong with kids and TV.. as long as you show them that there's a world other than what they watch on Television.. I don't want my kids turning out to be like 'The Cable Guy' .. and I don't think anyone else would either.
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@achaeir (47)
• Indonesia
25 Jan 07
Of course i let my son to watch tv. TV is our favourite thing to do together. We watch anykinds of programs of course with my selection.
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@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
25 Jan 07
Children should be totally discoraged from watching TV. It is the Idiot Box and makes the watcher into an idiot. Children should spend time out doors playing games and indoor studying lessons. They may be allowed to watch dicovery channel or animal planet for short while. Micky mouse is always there to entertain.It is the children who watch TV for hours who are throughly spoiled and grow up into useless citizens.(Even watching quiz programmes is not advisable as the mind gets diverted in finding answers to useless things of practicl life)
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@pongskie (173)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
same here carlaabt! my son watched those shows too. when he wakes up, eats his meals, before he goes to sleep. it's ok for kids to watch tv. but parents have to monitor what kids watch....
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@brihanna (381)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I think it is not if they watch, but what they watch. The programs you listed seem fine. I do not think that too much tv is good for them. Increases obesity, decreases social skills, and I have recently seen an article on how it is linked to ADD. Everything in moderation.
• United States
24 Jan 07
yes my daughter watchs noggin about 4 programs on there a ay when she first wakes up and then before nap nd before bed and all i mean as long as it is educational and esteins is a good show for kids she watchs caliu and dora barney an d clifford and esteins if you check out noggin then youwill see really food educational shows and programs thet help your child learn it is a prescholl on tv
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• Philippines
25 Jan 07
it depends on how old the child is. i think too much t.v. is bad. let your child do something else that will develop his muscles and physique. let him do some outdoor games. he can't just sit there and watch the whole day. though some of the shows are educational, you should limit the watching.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
25 Jan 07
My son will be one year old next week. He's very active. We can't do anything outdoors though, because we live in North Dakota and it's just too cold during the winter. I let him watch TV pretty much anytime he wants. Unless he's in his high chair eating or watching me cook, he is free to crawl around and play while we watch the tv. And he likes to stand up and dance when there is any music on tv, so I think it actually helps him be more active in some ways.
@tyfriend (63)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
do you want your kid to be normal? let them watch tv. i used to watch all the cartoons when i was a little kid. born in 87 watched ninja turtles(my fav), power rangers, spiderman, simpsons etc.. how old is your son?
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
25 Jan 07
My son will be 1 year old next week.
• United States
25 Jan 07
My kids watch TV all the time. I don't see anything wrong with it. It is entertaining and (usually) educational and it keeps them occupied when I need to get things done (so yes I do use it as a babysitter). They watch all sorts of stuff from stuff on Noggin (their favorite channel) to stuff on regular TV. Their favorite show is the Simpsons. They have been watching it since they were born and it is our family time together. They used to watch a lot more but I have cut it out a lot. Mostly because my oldest 6 years old) would sit in front of the TV all day if I let her. She is lazy. Also they bug me when they are in the living room and their shows annoy me now (I can only take the repetitiveness so long). I like to put on stuff from the Discovery channels or History channels because then we all learn something. Yesterday I put on a show about building a new skyscraper in New York and my son was fascinated by it. He is 5. My 4 year old loves anything on the Animal Planet.
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@Dil1983 (28)
• Sri Lanka
25 Jan 07
I'm not married.but I will late my kids watch TV.
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• India
25 Jan 07
till that time i am single
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@gangtock (25)
• India
25 Jan 07
yes, I obviously let my children to watch T.V. Because its help them to grew up. and its also so much different things let us know about the world.
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yep. Both of our boys watch TV, mostly the Disney Channel. My oldest also loves Blues Clues, Bear in the Big Blue House and The Wiggles, which he watches on VHS. I also collect Disney movies, so we have a bunch of those, as well. Some other cartoons, however, on other channels I kind of think are gross and would rather them not watch them. CatDog and some of the others. I don't know if Nick even still plays them since they usually just watch The Disney Channel or movies.
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