You let your child watch what??

@jer31558 (3683)
United States
May 14, 2008 10:50pm CST
For the most part, we not only monitor but regulate as well what our children watch on the television. Even in the way of cartoons, there are some that are out today that there is no way we will let our children watch. How about you, do you let your children watch what they want to, or do you choose what they watch?
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@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
15 May 08
My child is too young to want to watch anything but things like Seseme Street and Its a Big Big World. Oh and he loves commercials. And you have to watch out for those! You think you're watching a seemingly innocent movie and wham, some commercial for a horror movie comes on or something of the like. I love Its a Big Big World, it teaches us all about "the world tree" and accepting everyone and how we all have something to contribute to the world. A lot of the shows on PBS Sprout have great lessons too about sharing and such.
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• United States
15 May 08
I agree that children can only watch little kid stuff, like cartoons, educational stuff, Sesame Street, and all other important stuff that little kids need to learn from. They have not grown up, yet. And we are all responsible for all this.
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• Abernathy, Texas
15 May 08
We are responsible. As they get older we can filter in other stuff, with proper discussion. Luckily, I love children's movies! And will enjoy watching them in years to come. Of course the thing about kids is that they like to watch the same movie over and over and over!
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
I heard on TV that they were bring back the electric company. I used to love that as a small child and it teaches them to count and stuff. My oldest son, when he was very young could quote just about every infomercial on tv, including the phone numbers. Not only did we have to watch them, but we had to listen to them over and over from him.
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• United States
15 May 08
Now, hold on, you guys! If I were a parent of any child, I would be responsible for deciding for what is best for him/her. I would decide what is best for the child to watch as well as what is not good for the child to watch at all. You need to think about all this. That child would be way too young to watch stuff that are too mature of a subject. You guys gotta use your minds a little bit better. Cartoons are the best for children. Not anything that could include violence or any nasty stuff.
• Abernathy, Texas
15 May 08
Ah but many cartoons contain violence or unsuitable information, we still have to be careful.
• Abernathy, Texas
15 May 08
I think so far, we're all in agreement.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
Some of the cartoons on these days are not all that great for small children in my opinion. As ours got older, we did allow more variety, but still regulate what they watch to some extent.
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• United States
16 May 08
Yes Jer I do for the most part, my 13 year old that is still at home, I guess I am pretty lenient with him. He watches most everything that I do. There are somethings that I do consider to adult for him, and for the most part he has no interest in them anyway. Now my grand children yes indeed we watch very carefully what they are watching and how much time they are spending watching TV. I like the noggin channel, after nap time we watch a few cartoons, as in the morning after breakfast... I adore Laurie Berkner and the music breaks they have, shucks I go all day long singing those songs myself.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
Some of those kiddie songs just seem to stick with you no matter what. All kinds of people look at you strangely when you walk through walmart singing the Barney song....lol
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• Abernathy, Texas
16 May 08
Sounds like you go with the kid and the age as well. Smart. I used to think I would never let my kid watch Barney he just seems soooooooooo evil - but alas, he loves Barney. Someone gave him a Barney doll and he is delighted with it. Barbie on the other hand - if I had a girl - no barbie in the house, she sends the wrong message to kids.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
15 May 08
I am with my granddaughter alot who will be three soon. And at first I wasn't watching close enough or listening to her responses to the shows that were on.....one night Tom and Jerry (the older cartoons that my kids watched) were on and she kept saying to me that the mouse needed a time out....well she suddenly goes turns of the set and we start playing with the legos...the big ones....and she builds a tower and says....don't do it grandma...don't hit me and before I could get the words out that I wouldn't hit her she smacked me on top of the head with her lego tower....so I put her in time out.....she says....well the mouse didn't get time out! Now I watch what she is watching!
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
Little ones are very quick to pick things up, even when you don't think there is any thing for them to pick up.
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• Abernathy, Texas
16 May 08
Yes, I suppose in a way its a good learning experience for her - now she knows not to hit! A lot of those older cartoons are violent. I love Sprout tv. I love the show Zaboomafoo and on PBS, Its a Big Big World - and he loves Nina in the Goodnight Show.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
15 May 08
I am not overly strict on what my children watch, I draw the line at certain things obviously but for the most part I am pretty lenient. I can monitor what dvds they watch which I do but if there older brother has them on, who is 16, then they will go and watch them in his room, so I do not always know when they are watching something they should not be.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
I think that is the case no matter how careful you are. We can only hope that they will listen to our teachings, though they are gonna be curious as well.
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• Abernathy, Texas
16 May 08
Also, sometimes a show or movie is the person opportunity to open up a discussion on a delicate topic. And if they watch without you knowing, they can come to you with questions or concerns. Just like with a toddler, you can't catch every fall and stop every mishap. You'd have to lock them up twenty four hours - and that's abuse. It seems like you watch for the really tricky stuff but you're flexible. Happy posting.
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@minnie_98214 (10558)
• United States
15 May 08
I do control what my kids watch but im not to strict. My kids watch some pretty violent stuff but its all educational as my boys love watching the history channel and the military channel. Its very impressive at there age that they would choose this stuff over cartoons as they are only 7 and 8 years old. I was afraid it would scare them as this stuff is real but they seem to enjoy hearing the stories and it doesnt give them nightmares.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
One of ours likes the history, and discovery channel as well. The other prefers the Disney channel.
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• Abernathy, Texas
16 May 08
So you're flexible. You go with what the context of the violence in. I'm pretty impressed they choose that as well minnie! Happy posting!
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
15 May 08
Not only do we monitor what they watch on t.v. but also the video games they play and the websites they visit.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 May 08
Thats good, I think that there are a lot of negative as well as positive influence in both of those.
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• Abernathy, Texas
16 May 08
You are not absent parents, some parents are there but not, allowing kids to watch/play whatever so they can talk on the phone non stop or whatever, and live their lives forgetting the kids.
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@lagrooms (119)
22 May 08
As the grandmother to those children, i would like to thank you.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
24 May 08
And I thank you, for you had your part as well.