I think some people do yes, way to much. Others however may not. I personally only let my children watch a little bit each day once they have done their homework and been outside to play with their dog. Although they would love to stay inside and watch more tv, they are kids with massive amounts of toys, they should be outside playing to.
Maybe because it's a complete package, they are entertained and at the same time they can learn , but make sure that the show or movie they used to watch is those who can provide a good value or influence them in a good way,
What our children are learning on the television should be of great concern to all parents. 85% of it is either immoral or moronic.
Studies have also shown that watching television is a passive activity that requires little thought or imagination.
To rely on television for any reason is unhealthy. They don't call it the "idiot box" and "boob tube" for nothing. :0)
Those who use television as a baby sitter are displaying behaviors consistent with poor parenting.
We decide to remove the TV from our house when my eldest was in 2 grade. She is 19 now, and I have six children. Believe me, that was the best decision we made at that time! We see a big difference among the children who watches TV and those who don't, in the way they talk, their attitude, manners, etc. when they are young you don't notice much and you think nothing is wrong, but this is being engraved in their minds. There are plenty of other ways of teaching children, they don't loose out on anything if they are not watching TV. I can go on and on, but I will stop here....
Great reply, La Thing!
Indeed, one should ask one's self if they want their child exhibiting behaviors they see on television with all the homosexuality, violence, lust, and all other depravities. I have not had cable t.v. for about 7 years.
The television is easy to use to keep kids quiet or entertained. As a single mother of three, there are times when I use it knowing that it is nothing more than that. I am also very aware of the shows they are watching, and what they are learning and seeing during it. This is much easier to do with no cable or satellite!
I see television as something that can be used for educational purposes, and I believe that learning should be fun, so it makes it a bit tricky to ask if it is relied on for entertainment purposes too much.
I know that my kids watch television much less than other kids in the neighborhood, and usually it is watched as a family. I also know that my kids spend much more time bouncing on the trampoline in the sunlight and fresh air, as well as creating imaginary worlds to play in.
In summary, there may be parents (caretakers) that use the television as a way keep their children quiet and out of their hair, but that is not the only way to use television to entertain.
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