Is it bad for toddlers to watch tv?

Canada
January 23, 2007 8:42pm CST
Do you think it's bad for toddlers to watch tv? I know a lot of parents do, but I don't think so. My daughter learns a lot from watching treehouse, she can even speak spanish because of Dora The Explorer. I know too much tv isn't really good but does a little bit really hurt? What do you think? Do you let your children watch tv?
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@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
24 Jan 07
Television is addictive and the toddlers get addicted to it silently without knowing its evil effects. This creates a lot of problem during their teenage when they just can't stop watching Television. I know there is lot of good programs in Television that enables the toddler to learn a lot. Still, I cannot support parents who let their child watch TV unrestricted.
@Kaldonya (278)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I do not think it's bad if it is in moderation. I think it becomes bad if you use the tv as a "babysitting" tool, or if they suddenly WANT to watch it alot and whine for it. I think that there are a lot of bad shows out there and we need to closely monitor it - even some toddler shows. My two toddlers love Sesame Street and George the Monkey. One is an hour long and the other 30 minutes. They never watch both in the same day. My 2yr old also enjoys Dora on video and the Wiggles.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 07
for me it is not bad unless there is a parental guidance.i think if we are responsible for our children we don't allow them to watch tv that is not suited for them.my daughter who always watching Dora the explorer helps her to motivate her thinking.
@jchampany (1131)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I agree with most of you. TV is not a bad thing in moderation. I learned this the hard way. I let my son watch too much of it and started to notice his obsession with television and noticed that when he plays with his toys or by himself he is reacting what he saw on tv. I started limiting his tv time and am noticing improvement in certain behaviors and grades. I have a little girl and now know not to make that same mistake. It sorta turned him into a social outcast. He doesn't have alot in common with other kids if they are not talking about some cartoon on tv. I have noticed that cutting back on the tv has helped that cituation also.
@rjbass (1424)
• United States
5 Feb 07
In general, I don't think that it is all that bad for toddlers to watch television in moderation as long as they are watching appropriate programs produced for children. I have 3 children under the ages of 7 and they all do / have grown up watching the Disney Channel and some programs on our local public broadcasting channel. All of which are educational in their own way. Once in a while they will also watch the news or a movie that my wife and I happen to be watching and they are uninterested, they will find something else to do.
@bigstret (484)
4 Feb 07
I think TV watching can be a good thing for children as they can learn so much from it. But I wouldnt let them watch all day every day
@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
26 Jan 07
If your child is learning from it why are you worried? TV won't hurt the child. Now maybe if they were sitting in front of it all day it would but to watch a few shows and then play won't hurt her. TV Shows can be educational but especially for toddlers who like bright colors and sound it can give them stimulus they aren't getting elsewhere.