Babies and TV

Krista - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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You've probably had this debate before, but I didn't see it, so I'm starting a new one :)



Do you let your babies (2 and under) watch TV? Do they watch what you watch or do you have special "baby DVDs" (Baby Einstein etc).



I have read over and over that it's not healthy for babies under 2 to watch TV, and I've read about the link to ADHD. I was a real stickler for it when Cohen was young and would try to never have him facing the TV at all. Now, (he's almost 9 months) if he's playing on the floor and I'm watching TV, I don't worry too much, but I've NEVER turned the channel to a kid's station, and I returned the one Baby Einstein video that I got as a gift.



I'm sure there are a lot of things out there that are way more harmful than TV, but I figure it can't be a good thing (and I think the claims that DVDs can be educational for babies is a load of crap!) and I'd rather keep him away from TV for a long as possible...he has plenty of years to get addicted to TV and video games!



How do you feel about it?

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Melanie - posted on 06/26/2010

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I know this post is old; however, it is a "hot" botton with me right now and had to respond. Replying to Jenn:



"Where are all the adult, 50 - 60 yr olds now, who used to do eveything in front of the tv, including eating dinner with the family (Tv Dinners?) suffering from ADHD as well?"



I have had three professors at the Ph.D level that agree, TV has become so fast just to compete and grab the child's attention. Take care bears, when i was a child they were slower and softer spoken, but now they are much faster. Look at disney movies and the remakes, much faster. In the 50's there were two national programs PER EVENING and childrens programs were limited from 5pm - 7pm and that was IT!!! Look at all the networks now that is devoted to 24/7 programming for children.



My dd was recently Dx with Global Developmental Delay and watched tv from about six months 1-2 hours per day. Nothing more. She has an excellent rote memory and she has memorized lines from Thomas the train.. Everything has been Thomas and both her father and I believe that Thomas is interferring with her communication. Anytime I am working with her she brings up Thomas or one of the other trains.



TV did not cause my dd learning delay, but has impeded on her learning.

Tracy - posted on 08/16/2009

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You will find with alot of these studies on television have included background noise as well. They say background noise is just as bad!

No one is prefect and I allow my 1 year old to preschooler programs. I have read to him before he was born and loves books too. He loves playschool and making animal sounds. He especially loves music. However I never have anything on thats of Adult content when he is up. Even if its background noise. Although these studies are informitive I don't do as they suggest. If you stuck to every bit of advice thats given you would go mad! LOL

I think you just have to do whats right for your family, everyone is diiferent.

I do believe you do need to be selective and monitor what they watch.

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I am a SAHM, but I also WFH 20 hours each week. I have, in the past, always kept the TV. on in the family room. In the beginning this was strictly for background noise and she didn't pay it much mind. As time went on however she began to react to theme songs and character voices. A part of me found this cute, endearing. . oh, look at the association she is making. I remember one day. Typing away at the laptop and I peered in to check on her. . . and she had this somewhat glazed, dazed goopy look on her face. It actually kind of freaked me out a little. So, I tested this . . . to see if anything 'serious' was going on. I removed her from the room as it was nap time. She threw a conniption. I have never seen her react that way; she's a very passive child. But she was genuinely pissed off that I would dare have the audacity to remove her from what was becoming 'her show'. So, there it was. . . was she addicted. I don't know if I would take it that far. I do know that i was uncomfortable with her reaction to being removed from it. So, now it just doesn't get turned on. She can pester me at 'work' and I attempt to entertain her when I can. It's a hard balance as I do not want to ignore my child. That's why I am staying home. But I do need to do the job I am being paid for. The good news is that she is very good at self entertaining and I'm not sure the TV. was ever needed. Though I have read the same books 500 times each day. A small price to pay I say. And work is going to have to accept the fact that I have a baby at home and she comes first. Bottom line.

Konda - posted on 08/15/2009

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My 3yo has watched TV since he was a baby. I disagree with the poster that said his concentration is less or it causes ADHD. He is far from that. He actually play alone very well, and he has a better imagination than most kids his age. Now I will say that I have just started 'banning' certain shows, I always allowed him to watch, Disney, Noggin, and Nick Jr. I banned Barney at the beginning, I find Barney to be bizarre and part of the "me generation" problem we have in the US today. However, I have since banned Sponge Bob also, my son started getting very sassy and rude, and after watching the Sponge, I think a lot of it came from there. I do find a lot of shows help him, he uses big words, for a 3yo, and uses them correctly, and he can entertain himself using make-believe. So I think the studies are off.



As for why people from the 50's, 60's, 70's were not labeled as ADHD, it is because there was not that diagnoses, I don't think TV causes it, but those of us that may have had it were just labeled as BAD!!!!

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my 8yr old son watches kids tv and im not too strict with him.. its usually when my daughter who is 10 months is in bed.. my daughter on the other hand does not really watch tele.. i do put it on once in a while for her but she rarely watches it.. i sometimes wish she would so i can sneak away and get on with some housework. lol x

Jocelyn - posted on 08/16/2009

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Quoting Traci:



Quoting Jenny:

It's different for every family and if it works for you, then it works for you. I'm pretty strict about TV, computer and video games with my kids. My son is 18 months and never watches it. My daughter is 6.5 and I'll let her watch an hour of cartoons on Saturday morning or go on WebKinzs for a while if her chores are done. If it's a rainy day we may watch movies all day or something but TV is definatley not a regular part of our life. We always have music playing though.






My daughter is the same age and she does the Webkinz thing, too.  Have you ever went on there?  It's so cute!  I made the mistake of going on there to win her more Kinz cash, and I've gotten addicted to the games on there! LOL  Get Eleven Solitaire, Mah Jong, Cash Cow, are some of my favorites!  haha...she doesn't go on much anymore though....





haha i have a few webkinz of my very own :)  mah jong is my favorite!

Traci - posted on 08/16/2009

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I am saddened to admit that our tv is on waaay too much. My youngest is a Noggin addict. She loves it. I've been keeping the tv off a little more lately so that she doesn't become too attached to it. My older ones will watch tv, but it's more like background noise to them, they would rather play toys or pretend play, which is really great. At our house it's always the news, TBS, Noggin, or some learning type show. Or, the hubby watches football, Spike, and Versus.

Traci - posted on 08/16/2009

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Quoting Jenny:

It's different for every family and if it works for you, then it works for you. I'm pretty strict about TV, computer and video games with my kids. My son is 18 months and never watches it. My daughter is 6.5 and I'll let her watch an hour of cartoons on Saturday morning or go on WebKinzs for a while if her chores are done. If it's a rainy day we may watch movies all day or something but TV is definatley not a regular part of our life. We always have music playing though.



My daughter is the same age and she does the Webkinz thing, too.  Have you ever went on there?  It's so cute!  I made the mistake of going on there to win her more Kinz cash, and I've gotten addicted to the games on there! LOL  Get Eleven Solitaire, Mah Jong, Cash Cow, are some of my favorites!  haha...she doesn't go on much anymore though....

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My son watched ESPN with hubby since day 1! Lol! We also have the TV on for background noise. Sometimes it's the news, or the weather channel (which my son loves, BTW) or PBS/ Noggin/Disney/Nick Jr. My son can be a couch potato if I let him. That's teh key-I don't let him be a couch potato. We'll play games, read, go outside when it is cooler out, help me prepare dinner, or just get away from the TV.

Sharon - posted on 08/16/2009

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Quoting Loureen:

ADD and ADHD is overly diagnosed and medicated for no reason , majority of the time its to do with diet .
T.V is just a little scape goat for over enthusiastic doctors .



OMG I agree.  Before my first son was born, ALLLLLL my friends had a kid who was add or adhd.  I figured they were all full of shit.  Most of them were lazy parents, "do what you want, when you want just don't bother me" kind of people.  HUH calling them "my friends" isn't quite true, ok my friendly aquaintances...



Anyway - from what I read even I, as a non parent adult, could see this was a pacifier for parents.  When my own son started showing signs.  I tried to blow it off.  I mean I had figured it was a "non-disease label" for the comfort of parents.



But my husband is a hyperactive adult.  OMG bounce bounce bounce from one project to another, none of them finished.  He has amazing energy for being 12 years my senior (LMAO that energy fooled me into thinking he was younger when we were dating).  And I'm not telling his age, but lets say that SSI benefits (retirement) aren't that far away for him.  His energy is undiminished but his body is breaking down faster.



HENNY HOO - because of the example of my husband in front of me - I had to face the fact that my oldest had it.  Or some form of it.  We saw three psychiatrists and were pushing for an MRI (I saw on TV that true ADD/ADHD can only be confirmed with an MRI) but we couldn't get our insurance to pay for it and we didn't have $3500 to pay for it ourselves. 



My husband was flat out against treating him with drugs - to many of our old aquaintances had kids with kidney & liver issues after being on those drugs.  some had issues with depression at the wonderful age of 10 and/or younger.  It was sad and horrifying.



So we fell back on "discipline will solve it" omg we wound up feeling like child abusers for taking away so much from him.  It seemed like he ALWAYS being punished for something.  We refused to get angry about it though.



Discipline didn't work, so we tried diet - for a year we ate the recommended modified ADD/ADHD diet.  Still didn't work.  We tried herbal supplements after talking to his pediatrician for 6 months - complete waste of money.  I was losing my mind.  He couldn't pay attention for 30 seconds.



HENNY HOO.... he's 14 years old now, and has largely outgrown the ADD/ADHD issues or maybe all that energy has been channeled away. 



since his symptoms showed up before tv became an issue - YES TV is a scapegoat for Dr.s 



 My son was also on a modified shot schedule.  I believe in vaccines.  I believe we have to take our chances on being the lower statistic but I also believe that babies were not meant to handle that much crap being shot into them in such a brief period.

Lindsay - posted on 08/16/2009

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Like many of you, my TV is on from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. I can't have the silence. It is on PBS in the morning but the rest of the day, it's mainly on whatever I feel like listening to. My kids are not babies anymore and they still don't care much about watching. They are usually playing in there and I turn on Sesame Street just so that it's kid appropriate. Madeline will usually ask to watch an episode of Hannah Montana or Zack and Cody after her bath and before she lays down for the night. Cooper couldn't sit still and watch TV if he was locked in the room and it was the only thing in there. He just doesn't care! I don't think having a TV on is going to harm your child. My kids don't get into it that much so I haven't had to set limitations yet but if they do get glued to the TV, make sure that's not all they are doing. TV isn't what hurts kids or makes them fat. It's what mom gives them to eat or just laziness. Moderation is key!

Charlie - posted on 08/16/2009

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ADD and ADHD is overly diagnosed and medicated for no reason , majority of the time its to do with diet .
T.V is just a little scape goat for over enthusiastic doctors .

Rachel - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

I have also read reseach showing that even if the babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand.


Although I do agree with you about not letting a baby watch TV, for me its till about age 2 as what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. However with the part of what you wrote above..My daughter is 15 months and watches NO TV at all and she bounces from toy to toy like no other. No toy is good enough for her for more than a min so I have to completely disagree with with that research. It mostly just bothers me when moms use TV as a babysitter, I can do my housework just fine without ploppin my baby in front of the TV.


 

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My TV is on from the time I get up until the time we go to bed. Background noise - I'd go insane from the silence if it wasn't on. My son's main 'play area' is DIRECTLY in front of the TV (he's 9 months now), his play area has ALWAYS been directly in front of the TV - we ony have 1 big area in our home (besides the kitchen and bathroom that he's not allowd in unless we're in there too).



He watches what he watches and for the most part he ignores all of it. He plays with me, he plays with his toys, he plays with the dog, he plays in front of the TV, he plays on the other side of the room, he plays walking across the couch beside the TV, he plays walking across the couch with his back facing the TV, he couldn't care less if it was there.



There are certain shows though - HE LOVES THEM. As soon as he hears the song - he's over in front of the TV and then as soon as the song is over, he couldn't care less again, back to playing with his toys, us or the dog.



My MIL just bought Gabriel the entire baby einstein collection - he's watched 3 of them and he loves them! We sit together while we watch them and we play with toys or we read a book or we just point things out in the movie and he will either ignore me or get excited 100% depends on what it is and whether he cares at the moment.



We play and we read more than we pay attention to the TV.



Obesity comes from more than just letting a child watch TV. I think anyone that can say that a kid is going to be obese cause they watch TV is... well... a lil too influenced by the "importance" of the studies. Sorry, obesity comes from not eating right, no exercise and just plain laziness - not to mention the whole genetic factor too.



At 9 months, my son is non-stop moving/playing. Whether it's crawling, walking along the furniture, or with his push car, or with me, he dances, he wiggles. He wants to explore and I am not gonna stop him from exploring.



ADHD - yea ok. Not even gonna bother going into that. There's so many holes in that theory, you could put it on a sandwich and call it cheese.



Gabriel has met all of his milestones early and/or on time - most of them have been early. He's a very clever little boy and more active than I have ever seen any 9 month old be - having the TV on hasn't affected him - as of yet.



And as far as speech / communication goes - we read everyday, we talk everyday, we engage him in "conversation" everyday. It's not like he sits in front of the TV and talks to Little Bear and Franklin and that's his only interaction he gets.



I think the whole 'TV Ruined My Baby' crap is an extreme - anything in excess is bad - moderation is key. The TV may be on - doesn't mean baby is being affected by it.



And like Jenn said - I agree 100% - until they do a study on Gabriel, I don't see the being even remotely accurate.

Shelley - posted on 08/15/2009

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I have 14 month old twins, and I LOVE Baby Einstein! THEY love Baby Einstein. We started it at 3 months, and it has been a total lifesaver!! We have a lot of Baby Einstein toys and frequently watch it with them, explaining what they see. It was very helpful when we were beginning baby signs, and it is very helpful when I need to get something done. I'm all about playing music instead of tv, but when it's time to wind down, they always sit and watch 30 mins of Baby Einstein. It's a part of our very structured daily routine. LOVE IT.

Ez - posted on 08/15/2009

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My TV is always on in the background. Sometimes Milla looks up and watches it for a minute, but mostly she just goes about her business playing and chatting to me. I do have it on the kids' channel for a little bit in the morning, and then again in the afternoon (which allows me to rush around and get some things done), but the rest of the time it's purely background noise.

Theoretically I have no problem with TV as long as the baby is still getting stimulation from other sources too. We sing songs, read books, play with toys, go and sit outside in the grass, etc. So I don't think having her see some TV (and I use to term 'see' because she's only 6mths old so isn't really 'watching' anything IMO) is going to hinder her development in any way.

Angie - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

WOW somebody else out there in America like me!!!
Anytime there is a thread like this I will always respond because it is one of those "issues" that I feel strongly about (everyone has one!).
Study after study has shown that children under 3 not only AREN'T benefitted by TV, but it is detrimental for them. France has long since taken the initiative and banned TV aimed at this age level - why? It poses several risks, including passivity, slows language development, it interferes with sleep and concentration (hello ADHD!) and can put an early dependence on screens (I have a niece who will demand -not toys or books - but her favorite cartoon on TV), not to mention the more TV time a young child has, the more likely chance of obesity.
I have also read reseach showing that even if the babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand.
I know people aren't going to like reading what I say, but I really feel strongly on this issue and I want everyone to have an open mind regarding it. I honestly have had friends say that I am "depriving" my baby - will she know the difference or care later that she started watching some TV at age 3 instead of 1? No. I am not here saying that my child will NEVER watch TV. I am saying that I will put it off as long as I can, and definitely not until 3 years. With more and more children becoming obese at younger ages, it's just time to teach our children good habits from the very beginning.


MWAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry had to get this out of the way.



 Anyways..."babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand."



I think I might have to disagree with this statement. My child jumps from toy to toy, I believe that is called being a kid.



 Obesity...Well I think it is going to take a lot more than just watching TV to cause that.



 



 My daughter loves to sit down and watch Desperate Housewives with me. I usually do put on a Disney Movie for her...but she only watches it for about 15 minutes. Sometimes...oh I'm going to hate that I'm saying this...but sometimes its a good little babysitter so that I can either catch a few zzzz's or just run down and do some laundry down in the basement. I don't believe its a deprivations, but I also think in today society that is how some children learn. I know a child I was babysitting for, couldn't learn the ABC's no matter what we did...so his mom bought him a ABC movie...in a couple of weeks he was saying them.



 I know when my daughter reaches a certain I will be careful to what I'll expose her to. But I won't be too worried about having the TV on for my children.

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2009

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My kids watch TV......not all day or anything but it is on quite a bit.
My eldest is 5 my youngest is 16months.
The thing is, even if it's on, they're not always watching it. They play their games and play outside etc etc.
Everything in moderation is my mantra.
I don't think the fact my kids have watched TV before the age of 2 or whatever is going to damage them really.
Some days they watch hardly any or none at all.
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Miles never watched tv before he turned 1, but now, I will put him in his bouncy seat to watch for 30-40 min (tops) while I do dishes, laundry or whatever needs to be done. He loves PBS: Super Why, Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, Thomas, or Seseme Street...doesn't matter which he watches...but it keeps him from unloading the pantry shelves while I clean the kitchen...I get done faster, and have more time to sit and play or read when I am done...This is also a great way for me to get a shower, which is still occasionally difficult :)

Sharon - posted on 08/15/2009

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My kids have always had a tv. Even in their room with their own dvd player.



None of my kids are remotely close to being overweight, muchless obese. My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD but - bizarrely that was evident even when he was baby. He couldn't STAND to be held for long, didn't like anything that was slow or soothing. Busy busy busy busy busy busy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His favorite thing to stare at was a mobile with red, white & black patterns, spirals, polka dots etc. When he was older I pulled the things off the mobile and his favorites were the spirals & polka dots, versus the half & half, and clowns face. He'd lay there for a couple of minutes turning the over and over in his hands.



When he got older he couldn't stand to sit still and be read to. He wanted to sit on the floor and drive & organise his hotwheels cars, flash cards or whatever while I read the story. He would be doing several things at once and if I quit reading or said I was done if he wasn't going to pay attention he would tell me where in the story I stopped and ask me to keep reading or say he didn't care.



My two youngest were vastly different. I could hold them for HOURS, they could watch a 1/2 hour tv show and be content. They sat in my lap and stared at my finger going over the words.



The difference is - I guess - is the TV isn't the end all and be all of their existence. They've got a PS2, Wii, gamecube, nintendo DS lites, and their cellphones. On average they play maybe 30 minutes a day with any of those. The rest of the time they're outside.



Today is saturday morning, they watched some disney cartoon or nick - I forget, now they're outside playing with their dogs and the bunnies. My daughter is pushing one bunny in her shopping cart, my 10 yr old is sitting in the old jogging stroller with his one eyed pug telling him what a good curious dog he is. My oldest just finished grooming his pomeranian and is playing a video game while looking up cheatcodes on his lap top.



I figure he's entitled to the extra slack time since he has PE every day and 3 hours of football practice every day. His pom is damp and sleeping next to him.



So is tv bad? Not in my book.

Jenny - posted on 08/15/2009

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It's different for every family and if it works for you, then it works for you. I'm pretty strict about TV, computer and video games with my kids. My son is 18 months and never watches it. My daughter is 6.5 and I'll let her watch an hour of cartoons on Saturday morning or go on WebKinzs for a while if her chores are done. If it's a rainy day we may watch movies all day or something but TV is definatley not a regular part of our life. We always have music playing though.

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Quoting Crystal:

WOW somebody else out there in America like me!!!
Anytime there is a thread like this I will always respond because it is one of those "issues" that I feel strongly about (everyone has one!).
Study after study has shown that children under 3 not only AREN'T benefitted by TV, but it is detrimental for them. France has long since taken the initiative and banned TV aimed at this age level - why? It poses several risks, including passivity, slows language development, it interferes with sleep and concentration (hello ADHD!) and can put an early dependence on screens (I have a niece who will demand -not toys or books - but her favorite cartoon on TV), not to mention the more TV time a young child has, the more likely chance of obesity.
I have also read reseach showing that even if the babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand.
I know people aren't going to like reading what I say, but I really feel strongly on this issue and I want everyone to have an open mind regarding it. I honestly have had friends say that I am "depriving" my baby - will she know the difference or care later that she started watching some TV at age 3 instead of 1? No. I am not here saying that my child will NEVER watch TV. I am saying that I will put it off as long as I can, and definitely not until 3 years. With more and more children becoming obese at younger ages, it's just time to teach our children good habits from the very beginning.



,,,,,If that's the case, then why don't the children of the 1950's who were plopped in front of their tv's - because they were SO new at the time....have ADHD as well?  Why didn't it happen with radio programs  before tv came out?



Where are all the adult, 50 - 60 yr olds now, who used to do eveything in front of the tv, including eating dinner with the family (Tv Dinners?) suffering from ADHD as well?



 



Just a question, not arguing.

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Quoting Crystal:

WOW somebody else out there in America like me!!!
Anytime there is a thread like this I will always respond because it is one of those "issues" that I feel strongly about (everyone has one!).
Study after study has shown that children under 3 not only AREN'T benefitted by TV, but it is detrimental for them. France has long since taken the initiative and banned TV aimed at this age level - why? It poses several risks, including passivity, slows language development, it interferes with sleep and concentration (hello ADHD!) and can put an early dependence on screens (I have a niece who will demand -not toys or books - but her favorite cartoon on TV), not to mention the more TV time a young child has, the more likely chance of obesity.
I have also read reseach showing that even if the babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand.
I know people aren't going to like reading what I say, but I really feel strongly on this issue and I want everyone to have an open mind regarding it. I honestly have had friends say that I am "depriving" my baby - will she know the difference or care later that she started watching some TV at age 3 instead of 1? No. I am not here saying that my child will NEVER watch TV. I am saying that I will put it off as long as I can, and definitely not until 3 years. With more and more children becoming obese at younger ages, it's just time to teach our children good habits from the very beginning.



,,,,,If that's the case, then why don't the children of the 1950's who were plopped in front of their tv's - because they were SO new at the time....have ADHD as well?  Why didn't it happen with radio programs  before tv came out?



Where are all the adult, 50 - 60 yr olds now, who used to do eveything in front of the tv, including eating dinner with the family (Tv Dinners?) suffering from ADHD as well?



 



Just a question, not arguing.

Crystal - posted on 08/15/2009

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WOW somebody else out there in America like me!!!

Anytime there is a thread like this I will always respond because it is one of those "issues" that I feel strongly about (everyone has one!).

Study after study has shown that children under 3 not only AREN'T benefitted by TV, but it is detrimental for them. France has long since taken the initiative and banned TV aimed at this age level - why? It poses several risks, including passivity, slows language development, it interferes with sleep and concentration (hello ADHD!) and can put an early dependence on screens (I have a niece who will demand -not toys or books - but her favorite cartoon on TV), not to mention the more TV time a young child has, the more likely chance of obesity.

I have also read reseach showing that even if the babies and children are NOT watching TV, but it is on as background noise while they are playing, they show less concentration on what they are doing, and will go from toy to toy more quickly than the kids who didn't have TV on as background noise, who stayed attentive to their toy at hand.

I know people aren't going to like reading what I say, but I really feel strongly on this issue and I want everyone to have an open mind regarding it. I honestly have had friends say that I am "depriving" my baby - will she know the difference or care later that she started watching some TV at age 3 instead of 1? No. I am not here saying that my child will NEVER watch TV. I am saying that I will put it off as long as I can, and definitely not until 3 years. With more and more children becoming obese at younger ages, it's just time to teach our children good habits from the very beginning.

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i don't have a problem with it. my son started watching hockey with grandpa on the tv when he was probably a year, and still watches hockey (he's 2.5) and he yells just like his grandpa when someone makes a goal lol.
i read in a (fairly) recent report that watching tv (i believe it was before the age of two) neither helps nor hinders a child's development.
when we had cable, we almost always had the tv on (i like background noise) and my son would run around and play, and then sit for a few minutes and watch tv, and then get up and do something else, so i don't worry about him watching too much of it. he's got too short of an attention span lol.
his dad plays a lot of video games, so my son has taken up to wanting to play them all the time, but i don't play them, so he only gets to "play" when dad is playing (and really he just sits there beside dad with an unplugged controller lol, but he does actually play boxing on the wii).
as is my motto for (basically) all of life "everything in moderation"!

Cathelijn - posted on 08/15/2009

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My daughter is 8 and half months now in the beginning I never let her face the tv but now I do let her watch telly every now and again. I mean I don't let her sit in front of it for hours but she usually watches about 15 minutes in the morning when me and her dad are getting ready to go to work.

As I type this she is watching in the night garden!! She is not really that interested anyway, way to active to sit still for to long!



I am sure it is not a problem to let them watch some tv but obviously if thats all they do it can't be good just like it wouldn't be good for us to sit in front of the tv all day..

~Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Krista:

I have no problem with TV for older kids, especially educational shows (Jenn, your son is 4, right?). My issue is with little babies plunked in front of the TV, whether it's to keep them quiet or for their "education." It can definitely be educational for children who are old enough to get it...I play Leapfrong DVDs in my grade one classroom and they love them and it helps with the alphabet and spelling. I really can't be convinced, though, that TV is educational for babies. And I don't see the big hurry for a 5 month old to be saying the alphabet and counting to 10. And I sure don't expect my little baby to READ! What's with some of these programs??



Yes, my son is 4 now, and he struggles with ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Global Developmental Delay.  When I can't get 'in', the tv can, and I'm so happy that there is SOMETHING that he can pay attention to, as well as learn in his own way, at his own speed, to communicate with us.  I'm not the norm in this question, and neither is my child.....but it just bothers me that people expect every child to be the same, and expect that every child learns and functions like 'theirs' do.  I'd strap a tv to my forehead and dress in an Elmo suit, if I thought that my son would interact better with me for doing so.

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I have no problem with TV for older kids, especially educational shows (Jenn, your son is 4, right?). My issue is with little babies plunked in front of the TV, whether it's to keep them quiet or for their "education." It can definitely be educational for children who are old enough to get it...I play Leapfrong DVDs in my grade one classroom and they love them and it helps with the alphabet and spelling. I really can't be convinced, though, that TV is educational for babies. And I don't see the big hurry for a 5 month old to be saying the alphabet and counting to 10. And I sure don't expect my little baby to READ! What's with some of these programs??

~Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2009

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My tv is on all day. It's usually on Noggin, the news (if I have 12 seconds to watch the news) or a music channel. My son has difficulty learning, won't sit, won't listen, but he will watch tv. I couldn't get him to learn ABC's, numbers, colors - nothing. He didn't want anything to do with it. BUT.....if Elmo teaches him the ABC's, well that worked out just fine. He could recognize the letters in order and out, by 2 - 2 1/2. He repeats what he sees, and hears but he won't 'sit' to be taught - never has. He can look at the clock and see that it's 11 - and he'll yell YO Gabba Gabba.....and due to the fact that he has such a hard time communicating, if he SAYS it - it's on the tv. It's the only way I've been able to get him to understand that ask = get, so I'm not about to shut the tv off now.

I see all the 'studies', I see all the recommendations. Whatever. When they do a study on MY child, maybe I'll listen to them, but they haven't, so I do what I do, we watch what we watch, and if it helps him learn just ONE new word a week, I'll DVR Sesame Street and Noggon for a 24 hour loop, and play it in his room while he's asleep too.

I have happy, healthy, active kids, and if part of the reason that they're happy is the TV? ...................I'll put one in every damn room including the bathroom.

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Ive read loads of things about it being related to childhood obesity e.t.c, e.t.c. Honestly the tele is on in my house most of the time but not kids programmes its just on as bavkground noise mostly. There is a programme in the UK calles In The Night Garden. I put that on just before bath time and my daughter sits there and watches it intensly and giggles away at it but that is all the telly she watches all day. Im sure it will increase as she gets older but not by much. I would never stick her in front of it for hours so i could read a book or do my ironing. A hour or 2 of tele though spread out over the day is going to do no harm in my eyes.

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