Debatable Subject: TVs in children's rooms - Good or bad?

Kate CP - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Please keep it civil. Just wanting to know what every one else thinks about this. I, personally, don't want a TV in my child's room because I would actually like to see her during the day. ;)

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Sarah - posted on 10/22/2009

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I'm against them in bedrooms at all. Bedrooms are for sleeping and (for couples), intimacy. I think when you put a tv in the room, things that are supposed to be done in there don't get done. If we want to watch tv, we do it as a family - in the living room.

Miain - posted on 06/30/2012

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tv hooked up to a dvd player only. no cable. and i'll have a circuit breaker installed connected to my room if i find time so i can turn it off and on anytime needed.

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JuQuana - posted on 12/07/2011

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Hi there, my little brother has been watching NickJr. since he was an infant. He is now 3 yrs old. He is very well spoken, over educated if you ask me, he is very advanced for his age. That channel alone is like preschool at home. This channel alone is excellent. My daughter is now 14 months & she's following his foot steps. My brother is already reading & writing. So if you ask me, these are positive expriences with the tv. When children get bored of sitting in front the tv, they know how to come find mommy. So let her watch tv & get NickJr for your daughter. Remember its preschool on tv. Even the commercials teach them how to read, social skills, counting & searching. My child is hyper & energized as well.

~Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Jodi:






Quoting Jenn:

My daughter is usually outside (moreso now that the grandparents shipped them an early Christmas swingset- that was a blast to put together....*eye roll*)









 






Jenn, that cracked me up.  I was a single mum when Jayden received his swing set......I had to put that blasted thing together on my own.  It took me hours.  I never thought of that when I bought it for him did I????  Same with the trampoline, LOL. 





.....this one took almost 8 hours - it's one of the wooden ones.



I'm guessing that it was my mom's way of getting back at me for all the rotten things I did when I was a kid.



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Linda - posted on 10/23/2009

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Both of my kids have tv's with built in VCR's in their rooms.

BUT, they are NOT hooked up to cable. Movies only. And they primarily only watch in there when they are sick, otherwise, we all watch together as a family in the living room.

I too, have friends kids that have tv/vcr/dvd players in their rooms and they watch at all hours of the day/night. RIDICULOUS!

Samantha - posted on 10/23/2009

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i have 4 children, 14 and 7yr old girls who share a room, and a 12yr boy and a 9yr old boy who have their own rooms. there is a tv in the girls room and one in the 12yr old boys room. its a tv/dvd combi and its only my daughter that watches the TV in her room, but that's only during the day. when the children go to bed they go to bed to sleep. i read the younger two a story and that's it. i dont agree with them having a stimulate before going to sleep, the way i see it, its a time for them to settle down and go to sleep. i have a close friend who allows their children to watch tv/dvd's in bed, and then she gets upset when at 10-11 at night they are still awake.

Charlie - posted on 10/22/2009

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NOPE ! no TV in Coopers room if he is to watch TV when he is older it will be in the main living room , under supervision although i would prefer he draw , build blocks or anything constructive first .

Jodi - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Jenn:

My daughter is usually outside (moreso now that the grandparents shipped them an early Christmas swingset- that was a blast to put together....*eye roll*)





 



Jenn, that cracked me up.  I was a single mum when Jayden received his swing set......I had to put that blasted thing together on my own.  It took me hours.  I never thought of that when I bought it for him did I????  Same with the trampoline, LOL. 

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I don't agree with it. I won't be letting my kids have TV in their rooms, kids spend a lot of time in front of TV as it is without having it in the bedrooms too.

Jodi - posted on 10/22/2009

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I don't think it is necessary. My children are 12 and 4 1/2, my step children 17 and 10 and none of them have a TV in their room. We do have a number of TVs in the house (only because we are a blended family, and we merged, LOL). We pretty much have everything hooked up to the one in the lounge area, which is where we will watch movies, or play games together. We have a small one in the kitchen/family room area, but only with the free channels on it, and one in the rumpus room, which has no TV reception, but plays DVDs and is hooked up to game machines. We use the rumpus room if the kids have a sleepover or something with friends.



We are not a family that really focuses on TV. When we watch TV, we tend to watch as a family, and it becomes a discussion point, and a learning tool. I feel that if the kids had TVs in their rooms, we would be less likely to talk about things together, and we wouldn't see them as much. We also have enough TVs in the house that there is really no need.



Maybe as they get older, they may have one in their room (the 17 year old doesn't live here full time, and doesn't visit a lot these days), but only if they want to use their money to pay for it. But to be honest, none of them have ever asked if they could have one, so there has been no need for us to say no :)

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I am not intending to put TVs in the kids rooms - it can quickly become an addiction so that is one factor. Also means they cant watch it when they are supposed to be sleeping and will hopefully encourage them to read more.

I do like Jenns idea of DVD only so that it can be somewhat controlled and they can watch a DVD even when I really dont want to see/hear another disney movie! But still would like to avoid it if I can :)

~Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009

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We have TVs in both of our children's rooms - DVD only - no 'cable'. They have movies before bed, and sesame street, signing time, or leapfrog videos on days that it rains or is too cold to go out for very long. We have them on timers for night movies- movie ends / TV shuts down, and that's it. I unplug the TV & DVD player when I go in to check on them at night so that there's no 'waking up and watching movies'.

(they usually fall asleep before the movie ends and I go in and shut everything down.)



They're never planted in front of the TV and I decide what they can and cannot watch. Any TV shows (ie: tv hooked up to cable) are watched in the living room, and still.....I decide what they see........ Noggin (Nick Jr. now) or Sprout ( the shows that are normally on PBS)



My son's TV is mainly used for his Clickstart 'computer' and his night time movie.

My daughter is usually outside (moreso now that the grandparents shipped them an early Christmas swingset- that was a blast to put together....*eye roll*) and she also has an educational game that's on her tv more than the DVDs are.

As with anything, moderation and supervision are always key.

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