Television viewing

@bamakelly (5193)
United States
February 5, 2009 11:38am CST
Would you consider cutting of television viewing for just one day where your toddlers or small children are concerned? I do believe that some of those shows can be educational however some things the children just sit and stare as if they are just enjoying the pretty colors or the singing and there is no plot to it at all! I believe it could be a good thing for the children to turn their interests during the day to coloring or using their imagination. Maybe building things if possible. Being more constructive instead of vegging in front of the tube all of the time could possibly sharpen their minds. Would you agree?
15 responses
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I used to put PBS on for her. That's all she could watch during the day. It sure is a lot better than soap operas or Power Rangers. Every time I see a little boy watching the Rangers, I cringe. Seems when they watch a show like that, they have to go practice. That means hitting other kids, being the hero. The younger ages don't realize it's just pretend, they think it's real. Then they act like it. Sesame Street teaches good things, and is educational. She used to get all sorts of crafts going, after watching a show. She learned to experiment. So I think it depends on the show. They shouldn't just watch tv and do nothing else. Not healthy.
@vicky30 (4771)
• India
6 Feb 09
I would not cut television if my favorite show was going on.I would not allow kids into the room if the show was violent or it was not meant for kids.After the show i will spend time with them in playing some memory games.I will ask help them with their doubts.
@shifyole (38)
• India
6 Feb 09
it is not necesssary that you have to cut the televsion for this reason because television is becoming an important member in our family these days. children can develop their knowledge by viewing some useful programs. it is our duty as parents to lock the unwanted programs so that they dont view those.
• India
6 Feb 09
ya i agree regarding television.....
@inuceres (342)
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
i agree what you said,..if that is right choice to make the children to become intelligent we need to take them what is good and best for them,..
@deanna2 (159)
• United States
6 Feb 09
hey i've got to hand it to the educational shows on tv they have helped my grandkids alot even some of the cartoons yes other activities are good also but what the heck their learning
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
If during school days, my parents wont let my little siblings to watch tv but have their books and notebooks in front of them instead. Then at then end of the week, they have their prize to watch movie all day long. But on some cases, my parents allow them in exchange of good works. So I agree that cutting of tv viewing must implemented though there are educational films...
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
6 Feb 09
If a TV show it's not interesting, the kids would not spend their time watching it. They learn a lot - from colours to speaking, from manners to reading. Of course, spending all the time in front of the TV is really not good. Kids have to have a schedule.When to wake up, when to eat, when to take their bath,when to play alone, when to go out, together time, so on. Once you have a program, you can know ahead of time what shows the kid likes to watch, and you can make it daily.Not more than 2 hours a day. Outside play is equally rewarding, if not even more. Cutting all TV for a day here and there, can not harm either. As long as you make sure they have something to do.
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
As long as the kids will not see an bad actions on television. I do not see any reason why i should not let them watch. Kids are fond of colors and commercials. I believe that they still learn something from it.
• United States
5 Feb 09
My kids dont like to watch tv that much. They love to watch watch music videos and stuff but I limit that a lot. And they watch the educational shows when I'm cooking...so they dont watch more then maybe 7-8 hours of tv a week. They like to look at books, they cant read yet. Or play with toys or play on the computer. So I think I'm good on the tv watching. Plus its not good for little eyes.
@winterose (39895)
• Canada
5 Feb 09
I think that is a personal call, tv is good, and family participation in the tv programs with children is very educational. parents can teach along with the program. children also have their toys, they can go out and play but not when they are toddlers not by themselves. also a mother needs time to do her housework, cook supper and other thing that occupy her time. YOu might be asking can people afford a baby setter for even that one day so the mother can do what she has to do if there is no television
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
5 Feb 09
My children didn't watch tv until they were about 3 and then we sat down for a half hour each day and watched Mr. Rogers together. Then it was turned off and we spent the rest of the day playing and reading. They aren't TV addicts now, they watch it selectively. I think putting children in front of the tv just so mom can get some quiet is wrong if it's more than a half hour a day. It's a form of negligence and even abuse, in my eyes. Children are too naturally active and curious to be dulled by a television. It would be wonderful if parents would turn off the television while their children are awake and be with them, play with them, talk with them and do things with them. They are so much fun!
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
5 Feb 09
My daughter does a lot of things every day that do not include her watching television. She just turned 2 last month. She loves to draw and color. She also loves to sign and dance around. She also loves to look at books and point out things in the pictures and make up a story that goes along with the picture.
@sahmof2 (274)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I totally would consider cutting off the tv, even with the educational shows I think that a child sitting in front of a television all day is turning them into couch potatoes. Children need to run around and explore with their imaginations, them sitting in front of a tv is making them rely on it to entertain them instead of them learning how to entertain themselves. My child was recently introduced to a television about six months ago, before that he didn't know what a tv was because we didn't have one in the house, now as soon as he wakes up the first thing he asks is can he watch cartoons. I know that it can be a form of enjoyment but I am turning on the tv less because you could waste your whole day sitting around watching tv shows all day.
@crystal8577 (1466)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Just because something is on does not mean she is in front of it. If something catches her interest then she will stop & watch for a bit. She just got done "writing" (she just turned 2) a letter to me. She has two older sisters who are 10 & 8 so she learns a lot from them. I let her do her own thing, but she knows mommy is always here if she wants/needs me.