How do you feel about tv's in kids bedrooms??

Lisa - posted on 11/07/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )




Hubby wants to put a tv/dvd player in the kids room (3yr old & 21 month old)
This has never crossed my mind... I see some definate cons imeadialy though like
Kids won't sleep w/o tv on
Kids won't play together during qt time
I don't let my kids watch much tv (hubs does)
I think kids should be seen and heard

There are things that could be good about having cartoons in the bedroom but I quess I am really against it.
Any thoughts?


September - posted on 11/07/2011




The bedroom is for sleeping, not for watching tv, that's my opinion anyhow.

Kate CP - posted on 11/07/2011




I think kids (as a whole) watch too much TV as it is. Instead of putting a TV in their room, put a new swing set in the back yard.

Minnie - posted on 11/07/2011




Why? I never saw a reason for that, even as a child when I visited friends' houses and there were TVs in the bedrooms.

If it's for falling asleep to- that can create a sleep association and cause problems down the road.

I have a five year old and a three year old- I cannot fathom why I would send them to their bedrooms to watch TV.

We have one TV and see no need to have more than that.

Caitlin - posted on 11/07/2011




We have a TV in our family room/play room. It is enough. The only time my kid can have a TV in their own room is if they save up their allowance/salary when they are teens and buy it themselves. I don't have cable anyways, so I don't know why they'd want TV unless they wanted to watch DVDs or pay the cable company out of their pocket! I'll deal with that when they are older, but I think it's a bad idea overall.. I use TV as family time (we do other things too) but we decide what we are watching and we watch it together!

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I will not be getting a TV for my son at any time in his room! I grew up with a TV in my room. I watched it all ngiht long. I have sleep issues myself. It didn;t matter if there was a timer on the TV or not. I don't want to expose my son to the same sleep problems I have. In his toy room, he has a TV hooked up to a video game system only. There's no cable on the TV. We do have a TV in our living room and in my bedroom. With only 3 people in our home, that's more than enough tv's.

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Kim - posted on 11/17/2011




My son will be 4 at the end of the month and he's had a tv in his room for awhile. He only wants to watch it late at night and he only watches about 10 minutes of it because it literally puts him to sleep. He needs the lights and sound to fall asleep. Every kid is different, do what is best for YOUR child :)

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2011




I refuse to allow my children to have a tv in their rooms ... I don't think it would help anything they would watch the tv instead of sleeping and such my girls are 4 yrs and 2.5yrs .. I know alot of people that have tvs in their kids rooms and lets just say the kids don't listen all that well I am sure its not the same for all children but still Don't think its a good idea .. I just had this arugement with my grandmother-in-law last sunday

Monica - posted on 11/12/2011




My son had a tv in his room and now I had to remove it as he became addicted. You have to put a limite on TV time. Best to give him 1 hour to watch tv on your tv.

Lacieann - posted on 11/09/2011




I would adamantly oppose the idea. Kids don't learn from T.V. and kids that watch T.V. before/during bedtime have been shown to have more sleep issues than children that don't watch it before bed.

Even if it's not scary stuff. It prevents their brain from slowing down, so they have a harder time falling or staying asleep.

Di - posted on 11/09/2011




My kids are all teenagers and none have a TV in their room- if they did we would never see them!

Sylvia - posted on 11/09/2011




I don't think TVs belong in the bedroom. I would absolutely never want a TV in my own bedroom, and I don't see any reason why a child needs one in their bedroom. I don't even really understand why you would want more than one TV in the house. What on earth for?

I'm not a particularly paranoid parent, but I certainly don't want my kid hiding in her room watching who-knows-what on TV. If she wants to hide in her room, fine, she's got tons of books in there.

Kelly - posted on 11/09/2011




It's really up you. I have 3 children and my oldest just turned 14. She has had a tv in here room for about 2yrs, only because we got a new one for our bedroom. She had only really watched it about 5-10 during that 2yr period and that is usually if she has a sleep over, and the girls can go in there away from her younger brother and sister. I personally don't see any reason why a child under 10yrs old needs a TV in their room. Is it possible that he wants a TV in their room so he can send them in there and not have to watch them - or than he can watch his own shows and not cartoons??

Rae - posted on 11/09/2011




Everyone has their own opinions on this and that is fine.You have to do what you feel is best for your children. My girls are 10 and 7 and they do have a TV in their room and it has been in their since they were approximately 5ish and 3ish. Currently, all they can watch is dvds and they are required to put the tv on a timer when they go to bed at night for they are only allowed to walk so much before bed. They are required to read a book before bed and the tv is not to be on while that takes place. It certainly has it pros and cons, but do as you see your gut!

Beth - posted on 11/09/2011




At first I was against it, but as my daughter got older, we decided together (hubby and I) to put a DVD player and TV in her room -- but not hook up the cable. She was 8 1/2 years old, and we wanted her to be able to watch movies if she had a friend over or if she woke up early on a Saturday morning so that she didn't disturb the rest of the family. Not hooking it up to cable gave us control b/c we're only letting her have DVDs that are appropriate. She doesn't use it very much unless friends are over, so it hasn't been a problem at all.

Jina - posted on 11/08/2011




I don't think putting a tv in a child's room at 3 is a good idea. It Lind of isolates them and it gets where they won't come out of their room. Now my boys, who are a little older (11 and almost 9) has one on their room that has their wii on it but we limit their time on it. And my 9 year old has ADHD and it helps him fall asleep. Then we turn it off.

Tanya - posted on 11/08/2011




Bedrooms are for sleeping. Neither of my children will have a TV or a computer in their rooms. If I send them to their rooms for misbehaving, I don't want them to want to go.

Gabrielle - posted on 11/08/2011




We will definitely not be putting a TV in our daughter's room, and she's 5yo. I want to always know what she's watching and when, and the best way for me to do that is to have only one TV in the house that I can control. My daughter does have a radio that she can play her CD's in and she knows how to do that.

Tracey - posted on 11/08/2011




Nope. Lots of cons. Easier to entertain themselves with TV, so it stifles imagination. Studies show it lowers IQ. The glow from the screen interferes with sleep patterns, and sleep pattern problems contribute to all kinds of conditions, including obesity, childhood diabetes *not type 1*, problems retaining information for 4-5 days after the night during which their sleep pattern was disrupted. It also keeps families apart instead of bringing them together. So many cons to it. My kids have only once had one, and that was my husband, who is a media addict, getting one at a yard sale and telling me what a "deal" it was. When he saw what it did to our son, he thankfully got rid of it.

Kyleigh - posted on 11/07/2011




My kids dont have one either, but I grew up with one in my room and I was around age 7-9 when they put one in my room, they put it on sleep timer so when it turned off it was OFF! :) It seemed to work for me I did stay up watching TV but I also fell asleep watching it.

Firebird - posted on 11/07/2011




My daughter has a tv/vcr in her playroom, but definitely not her bedroom. The tvs in my house are used for movies and videos games only, we don't have cable or satellite.

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2011




I honestly believe that too much tv can kill social skills and make kids lazy, I have 1 tv in my house - it's in the living room. I used to have one in my bedroom but it would only be watched on "special" days (about once every month) when my girls and me would have breakfast in my bed and watch kids tv together - which lasted for about an hour. Otherwise that tv was never switched on. However, I've put a stereo in my eldest 2 daughters' bedroom so they can listen to music whenever they want to and they play relaxing music at night when they go to sleep.

Tinker1987 - posted on 11/07/2011




when my son is a little older we plan to put a flatscreen up in the corner of his room,up high where he cant touch it,and we will likely have to drill a hole in the wall so the cord can run down it and be out of sight. im in no rush...Unless we have a house by then ,the tv will go in a would be just nice to have another tv for him for when we want to watch something out here!

Amy - posted on 11/07/2011




My 5 yr old has a tv in his room he typically doesn't watch tv in there because he doesn't like to be alone. Occasionally he'll watch a movie in there but he needs us to out it on for him, he's also never asked to leave the tv on while he goes to sleep probably because we have a well established bedtime routine. If hubby is going to use the tv as a baby sitter it's definitely not a good idea!

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I feel the same about a tv in a kid's room as I do about a tv in mine. They don't belong there.

Bonnie - posted on 11/07/2011




Personally, I don't like the idea. Maybe not at their ages now, but when they get a little bit older, you will likely never see them.

Liz - posted on 11/07/2011




I think, as parents, we need to know what our kids are watching and when. Same applies to the TV as to a computer connected to the internet. I would not encourage a TV in a young child's own room. Once we're talking about later teenage years, then that's slightly different and I would agree with Jodi's approach then.

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2011




Personally, I don't think it is necessary. We have two TVs in the living areas. Why do they also need TVs in their bedrooms? Just my opinion though.

My step daughter got one in her room when she was about 15, because it meant my husband and I got our time back if she went to her room to watch TV at night instead of in our space. I am probably going to give my son a TV for his room for his 15th birthday (which is his next birthday) for the same reason.

Amy - posted on 11/07/2011




Just my experience :) We gave my son his own tv & dvd player when he was around 2...he has never even tried to watch it when he's supposed to be sleeping because we told him that if he did it would get taken away & the best part is that since he could watch it any time (with in reason) it wasn't something "special" my son never watched it very much & at 8 yrs old he still doesn't even watch it everyday or for more than a couple hours when he does watch. I know some people don't agree with kids having their own tv but in our home we really made it something non-special so he never became a couch potato :) btw we do not have cable it is movies only

*Edited to add: I Always knew/know what my son is watching! The tv has never been a babysitter! He also does not watch it to go to sleep, never has!!

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