Television

Georgia - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Is TV bad for babies?

How much time should they be allowed or are they not allowed at all?

Does it affect their brain waves?

Does it cause ADD?

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I sought advice from the baby know-it-alls lol (Healthy Babies' Nurses) anyway and studies have been done that suggest those fast-moving baby shows for example 8^8y einstein videos can trigger ADD just because it's unrealistic and its just too much stimulation for growing minds, when it comes to a baby they should be entertained by natural movement like people talking and such and babies shouldnt be left to sit in front of a tv all day. I was told about a half an hour is good, an hour okay, and anything more than that is overkill. there is nothing wrong with your child sitting and watching a show with mommy, a cartoon on their own, or a movie its all about moderation. TV doesnt mess with brainwaves as far as I've seen all it does is provide entertainment. The fact is tv is always changing new scenery, characters, noises, etc. so a child who is used to that kind of constant stimulation would logically be bored listening to a teacher in school. but putting on the boob tube to get a chance to get some dishes done and show your child something new is absolutely fine. When we come home from school/daycare Aiden gets 1 or 2 shows to watch while I get supper started or clean and then we play until mommy's show is on then tthe tv goes off and we go about our evening, everything in moderation but no a little bit of tv will not melt away your baby's braincells no worries. Just remember its up to you your the mom so go with your instinct. hope I helped a little bit :)

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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My pediatrician is a FIRM BELIEVER of NO TV for children!! Studies show that kids from birth - 5 years have a higher risk of ADD / ADHD if they watch television.  Studies show that for  every hour watched  increases the chance by a significant percentage. It is overstimulation of the brain for children.... which in turn can have the side effects of learning disabilities.



I wish I had the paperwork so I could give you exact statistics.



Hope this helps! Good luck to you :)

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Kellee - posted on 03/01/2009

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I love your comment Kaleigh. I think though that each child is different and while 30 min. may not affect one child it may another. I've just noticed my daughter's patterns have changed since she's been exposed to more t.v. when I'm really busy or sick.

Crystal - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Georgia:

Who is Calliou?



Calliou is a spoiled rotten brat who cries and whines until he gets exactly what he wants. And it works for him everytime. I know lots of parents who found that their kids whined less once they took Calliou away.



 



As for watching TV, we don't watch it at all in our house. For the last 5 years we have not had cable or sattelite connected. We currently do not even have our TV connected to the antennae that will give us 2 or 3 channels. This is not for any religious reasons or anything, we just don't watch TV so why pay for the programming. My older daughter gets to watch movies fairly regularly, and has seen TV, but we (my husband and I) both prefer to read, and my daughter is picking up that habit. She is still an active 7 yr old, but she is learning to like reading. And she has a better imagination than a lot of kids I know that are her age. My younger daughter is only 6 months old, so she wouldn't be watching TV yet even if we did have it connected.

Kellee - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hi. New here. I've noticed my daughter (who is 2) has intense moods. I attribute it to t.v. She used to be very even tempered and the more t.v. she's watched, the worse the moods get. I admit that I sometimes use the t.v. to keep her busy if I'm not feeling well or if I have a lot of work to do around the house. The way she's been acting as of late makes me think that there's something to the claim of t.v. causing A.D.D.

Jen - posted on 03/01/2009

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My daughter is 15 months and has never really had an interest in TV. We have the TV on when we're home and she's usually playing in the same room, but only looks up every now and then (we watch a lot of Law and Order and CSI). We have put kids shows on and Baby Einstein, but she'll only watch it for a lil while before going back to playing with her toys. She's pretty bright even for not watching educational shows on TV. When she's shows more of an interest in TV we'll allow her to watch sprout, disney, noggin, and nick jr. However, we will limit it so that she's not in front of the TV all day.

Georgia - posted on 03/01/2009

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Thanks for the advice. I feel that no TV is the way to go. Riley shows far too much interest in TV for it to be harmless!

Kate CP - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

I agree with Cristy, I hate the show Calliou! That little boy whines throughout the entire show.


Maybe that's where my daughter got it from...that little bald brat! ;)

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree with Cristy, I hate the show Calliou! That little boy whines throughout the entire show.

Cristy - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Helen:

its fine as long as it is not background noise. If they are watching a progamme then that is fine. If it is just on all day it can actually reduce a childs attention span as they find it difficult to concentrate on what they are playing with. have you ever tried to concentrate on reading something important or studying with the TV on - i know i cant focus and neither can they



I agree! Tv use is fine in moderation. Just don't always use the tv as a "sitter" and make sure that what they are watching is appropriate for their age. Some of the shows out there claim they are for little kids but sometimes they just teach them how to whine! (ex: Calliou)

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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i think its fine as long as its not all day every day. lets face it in the morning when ur trying to get dressed etc its easier to pop spongebob on, then having to go and make sure they're not up to anything

Helen - posted on 02/25/2009

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its fine as long as it is not background noise. If they are watching a progamme then that is fine. If it is just on all day it can actually reduce a childs attention span as they find it difficult to concentrate on what they are playing with. have you ever tried to concentrate on reading something important or studying with the TV on - i know i cant focus and neither can they

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think its ok for kids to watch tv as long as its not the only thing they do. My daughter likes to watch tv, I try to put on educational shows but sometimes I want to watch my own program. She will crawl around and play then stop to watch once in a while. She mostly likes the music. Its a good way for me to learn the music as well because we will sing the songs throughout the day. I used to work at a daycare where some of the kids came from a no tv atmosphere. The kids w/o tv were actually more hyper!! Anything in moderation is good.

Glendeen - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think that the tv can be a great opportunity for learning depending on how you use it and what you watch. My daughter is 10 months old and can say almost 10 words and walks around. So she is a little busy body and doesnt pay much attention, but she loves the music that they sing on Treehouse and I'm sure that she learned almost half the things she knows from her shows. But its something that I would not worry about if I were you. The only worry is parents that sit there kids in front of the tv and thats all that they do.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2009

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I always have the TV on all day.  I use it for background noise mostly.  It is always on kid shows.  My sons loves to watch Little Enstiens (sp??), Word World, Curious Goerge, Sid the Science Kid and Super Why.  They are very educational shows.  They will sit and watch TV if one of their shows are on, other than that they running around playing.

Leah - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think as long as the children are active and willing to other things besides tv when they are ask to do it, it is fine. If they complain about the tv been off, there's a problem.

Sarahroach - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son has been very into tv since he was 3-4 months old, and we got him hooked on those Baby Einstein movies. He still really likes to watch movies and shows, but also acts them out and plays along, he doesn't just sit and watch. My daughter, who's 10 months, has absolutely no interest in tv. I think it's fine as long as you're aware of what they're watching and it's not just them sitting idle in front of it all day. You can watch with them and put on age-appropriate shows. I've heard things that argue both ways, that they shouldn't have any TV before age 2, or that in moderation it's harmless, even useful. Just go with your gut!

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2009

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No TV is not bad for them.It is ok for them to watch TV my lil gril watch TV a lot and she is in the 2nd grade and she can read @ a 5th grade level.  So i don't think it is bad for kids to watch TV

Kate CP - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter never watched TV until she was about a year old. Up until then she was so busy exploring the world and interacting with people and objects that she couldn't have cared less about the boob tube. Now she's 3 and she's allowed to watch 1 movie (two hours long) a day unless it's a slow weekend in which case she's allowed to watch 2 movies. Other than that she's just too busy to sit down and watch a show.

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