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Should we allow children to watch television?

Updated on September 24, 2011

Shall we allow children to watch television? If yes, what kind of programmes are suitable for the age group of 5-10yrs?

My daughter is now 4 years old, she only watch CBeebies(BBC) and Cartoon Network, and doesn't like anything else.

She watches TV too long, and too close to the TV screen. I had to pull her away, put a chair in front of her and warned her: "Don't cross this point!" But the TV just like a magnetite, pulling her nearer and nearer. After several times, the only thing I can do is leaving her alone.

Before we got a TV (because we always move house), I let her watch Youtube on my laptop. Youtube is quite safe, and a lot of good videos, from nursery rhymes to big Disney cartoons. She only likes watch cartoons.

I have to search good cartoons and open it for her at first. The problem is all Youtube movie are very short, some of them are only several seconds, seldom are longer than 10 minutes, (Does anybody know which one is the longest youtube video?) But after several days, I get bored and didn't want to do it any more for her. She screamed and shouted to me for help, I left her alone, she stopped crying and tried to do it herself. Then I heard a "click" and sweet music flew out of the computer speaker! She found out how to move the MOUSE and CLICK the left button!

My wife applied a library card for my daughter when she was only 7 months old. The librarian said she "definitely the youngest member". My wife borrows 8 books every two weeks, and we read stories for her before bedtime.

Living in a modern society, we can't imagine a life without TV. Very good TV programs are being produced every year, other medias are gradually being replaced. How can we ban our children from TV at all? All we can do is make a limitation and give them alternative entertainments to turn their head away.


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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      TV for children in moderation can be very eduactional and entertaing and there is a thin line what you should do..Some will say NO tv and others just a little tv, I would agree with a little, and try to let her know that TV is a treat for every now and then if it she gets too addictive..

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 10 years ago from UK

      She likes cartoon network, but not as much as cbeebies. I watch it too. Ben 10 and Billy and Mandy is on now, not too bad.

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      CrystalSingleton 10 years ago from HBeach,Ca

      It is true what you say about TV and magnets. There are very good shows out there specially designed for children and education. They are getting better and better each year. I made a list of really good shows you may want to check it out. I don't think cartoon network is that good. Do you ever sit with her when she watches it?