Is tv good for kids

Sara - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )




Well my husband put a TV in our 4 years room and now she has to fall asleep to it. I think im going to take it out, Do you think its bad for her too watch it all day and night? and shes only 4?


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JuQuana - posted on 12/07/2011




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. If you set a time to turn the tv off everything will be fine. Its a matter of parenting skills. If your child is in bed and falls asleep to the tv, then turn it off when they go to bed. Or turn it off when they get sleepy.

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To each their own...but I don't believe in having TVs in bedrooms, adult or child. We have on TV in the living room and one for hubby's video games. My son listens to music at bedtime.

Melanie - posted on 04/10/2010




We always used a radio for the kids to fall asleep to (live in pretty noisy area). We didn't put a tv in our daughter's bedroom until she was 5 and then it was for a film at night. I think you need to balance it yes my kids watch telly but they spend more time doing other things xx

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My parents gave me a TV when I was way too young. I am accustomed to the noise, and I can't fall asleep if it's quiet. My mind just races. If I am listening to some boring documentary I can fall right asleep... but I would lay there for HOURS banging my eyelids if it were quiet.
My husband HATES the noise. He can't stand it. He will wake up during the night and turn my TV off... and instantly I am wide awake. We fight about it way too much.. and he sleeps in the other room way too much.
My parents let me have the TV all night... and I regret it now.

Sharon - posted on 04/10/2010




To much of anything isn't good. All of my kids sleep better if there is some noise on in the background. My oldest uses his cellphone/mp3 to play music at night.

My daughter falls asleep with a movie on - mostly because she's to young for a cellphone or mp3 player. She doesn't actually watch it, its just on and barely audible. If we got radio signals out here, I'd just put a radio on in her room.

Kelly - posted on 04/10/2010




Im not against the TV int he bedroom my 3yr old is about to get on put in his room so he can watch his own shows when mummy and daddy wanna watch their's. Plus having a new baby around it will give me a little peace when i have to feed the baby and he wants my attention.
I dont think falling asleep to it is a great routine to get into though. I think you need to break that cycle and put a limit on the use of the tv and say 1 programe before bed or something.
My son only falls asleep to a tv if we are at his nana's place as it is the only way he will sleep anywhere but home but that doesnt happen often enough for it to be a habit.

Good luck and hope it goes well

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I'd be getting rid of it. A bit of TV at set times is fine, but it should be under supervision, not available whenever she wants.There have been studies that say that too much TV can have unwanted effects on a child's development and health :

As my children grew up, we only ever had one TV set in the house. I have never had, and will never have a TV in the bedroom.

Catha - posted on 04/10/2010




We use TV for cooling down time for our 17 month old. She runs around a lot these days, so as part of her night time routine she has TV time for 60 minutes, then wash up and brush her teeth, perhaps reading one book and singing her one song before putting her to bed. I think TV in bed is not a good idea, she might woke up in the middle of the night, and if there is no TV, she won't get back to bed. Plus she might go to bed late if she keeps on finding good programs to watch.

Firebird - posted on 04/09/2010




My ex's grandma told us we should put our second tv in our daughter's bedroom. I told her straight out that it was not happening... ever. My daughter can have a tv in her room when she can afford to buy one herself. She has one in her playroom now but she isn't in there all day and all night long.

Kathleen - posted on 04/09/2010




My sons crib is in our room... we go to bed with the tv on... but he is already asleep when we go to bed. He rather play than watch tv during the day. I know of alot of kids that have tv's but they also have rules... and if they dont follow the rules the tv gets taken away.

Angie - posted on 04/09/2010




I don't think it's ever wise for children to have tvs in their bedrooms. None of my children (ages 17, 12, and 9) have tvs in their rooms and it hasn't hurt them a bit.

Louise - posted on 04/09/2010




Ok against my better judgement when my son was 3 we put a tv in his room. I was spending 3 hours every evening in my sons room with him till he fell asleep from the time he was 2. Before that he was in a crib so couldn't leave room. At the same time I was working fulltime and organising a wedding and my now husband was working nights. Something had to give and unfortunately it was me!! After that we put the tv in and it still took 3 hours but it was visits to his room as opposed to staying there, We gradually taught him to stay in bed and not run around the room.
Now he goes up at 7 and is asleep by half 7. He watches no tv during the day as he is in the creche so he only watches from 6:30 to 7:30 every evening.
He is starting school in september and then he won't be allowed to watch it on school nights. But he is now old enough to be sat down and explained to!!

If she watches it in the evening try to limit it in the day and i felt that i would wait till he started school cos he's old enough then to be told that now he's in big boy school he needs to go straight to sleep so he can get up in the morning

Sara - posted on 04/09/2010




I told my husband to take it out and if he don't im going to.. I never had a TV in my room till i was 15 and bought my own. I like when she comes out here and watches something with me and her little brother but she just loves to be in her room all the time watching it.. and it drives me nuts cause its like we are not a family anymore she stays in her room, me and nason watch tv out her and my husband goes to school.. all after noon..

Keeshea - posted on 04/09/2010




I think that children should watch limited amount of tv. Having your daughter fall asleep to the tv may be a habit that will be hard to break later on.

Angel - posted on 04/09/2010




my daughter is 5 and she has always had a tv in her room.. We have no problems really. Her tv went out a few weeks ago and she wasnt happy about it, and we havent replaced it. But she has been falling asleep alot faster, but other than that nothing has changed.. She now goes in her brothers room to watch it lol.. I think it entirely depends on the child, because we did have to remove the tv from my sons room when he was little.

Jamie - posted on 04/09/2010




Theres nothing wrong with leting her have a little tv time during the day, but it shouldn't be a habit to let her watch it all dy and night, maybe a 1/2 hour or an hour a day.

Karen - posted on 04/09/2010




i'm not a fan of a tv in a child's bedroom at all but i'm not opposed to letting them watch it here and there throughout the day

Stevie - posted on 04/09/2010




in no way at all am i calling you or anyone else bad for doing this but yes i do think the tv in the bed room is bad atleast to an good age it is i never really had a tv in my room until i was much much older like almost graduating highschool and all i had was this extreamly small purple black and white tv that had an intina on it so i had liike 2 chanles i was ok with that so i would say if your ganna give a kid tv in their room give it only when they are older than 16 i think 4 is to young and i personally dont let my son watch much he watches nick jr in the morning and sometimes if nothing else is on disney in the afternoon and on trips he watches madigascar or winnie the pooh or dr suess or something like that very picky i think they need to play more than watch more i think some tv can help teach but its few and far between my son is only 17 months but idk thats just my thing i guess

Nicole - posted on 04/09/2010




TV definitely shouldn't be used to help a child, or anyone for that matter, fall asleep. I'm not a big advocate of tv, but it does help babysit at times. TV should be very limited for children as it does decrease more natural learning habits.

Cindy - posted on 04/09/2010




To me yeah It's probably not a good habit to create having her get too used to falling asleep to the tv. Of course let her watch tv throughout the day, it wont hurt her, but have her take breaks every so often, take her outside or to the store or somewhere where she can get a break from the tv. I do know that if kids start watching tv too much at a young age that it can be bad for their eyes and there is a good possibility they might end up needing glasses..........that happened to me and my brother and my sister.........our mom let us watch tv probably a little too much starting at a young age and then all 3 of us needed glasses after a little bit. I had to get glasses when I was 5 and a half years old, my brother when he was 8 years old, and my sister when she was 12 years old.

Well anyway yeah I think thats a good idea that you should take the TV out of her room. If she can get used to falling asleep with a tv on then she can most likely get used to falling asleep to anything including a silent room with no tv on.

Good luck! :)

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if its becoming a habit for her and she wont fall asleep without the tv, then you should probably take it out. tv isnt good for kids (or anyone really) to watch constantly. maybe put a radio in there on really low if she wont fall asleep without the tv? you seem to think its a problem how much tv shes watching, so if you think its too much then it probably is.

Meghan - posted on 04/09/2010




I would take the tv out. It inturupts sleep in adults and I am sure it doesn't help kids get a good sleep. I have been told that with children there should be quiet time-with no tv about 1-2 before bed so their minds can settle. With that being said, I always have the tv or radio on in my house, but my son wont-despite my efforts lol sit and watch. Maybe just let her have an hour or so-broken up to watch her fav. shows.

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