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post #41 of 48
Just chiming in to subscribe and to say that our near-4-year-old is having way to much fun doing real things to have time for TV.

As far as the belief that TV will expose them to too much, too early, it's well-accepted by many of our TV-loving acquaintances who complain about it, but don't act.

There's a spectrum that includes both fully-sheltered and loosely-regulated (with common sense and child-development in mind). It doesn't have to be one or the other: shelter your kid from everything or expose her to all TV has to offer.

Sorry, I'm ranting; I'll stop now
post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by Barbee View Post
hilarious!!! i didn't read all the posts, so i'm sorry if this is repeated. advertising to children is out of control on television. some of the stuff they're pushing on kids is freaky, imo.
This is so true, and so sad. like a pp said that her children (TV free) know cartoon characters from seeing them in the grocery store. that says a lot about our culture, huh.

I wish we were TV free, but we have one (only 1) and use it pretty infrequently. we do like to watch sports, mostly baseball and football (especially dh...it is definatly an acquired taste for me) and NCIS and Numbers. (can you tell dh is law enforcement )

and actually, this is a huge step for me. i have always had a tv in my room and had it on for "background noise" all day long. new in am an pm mostly. I am actually suprised that i dont' miss it...that too speaks volumes to me.

i think with dd we will eventually let her watch a little PBS, but definatly not until after age 2. i LVOED mr rogers as a child. and the 2 showes we like come on after her bedtime, so it shouldn't be hard to keep it off when she is up. i also like the idea of family movie night. i think watching movies and discussing them can be a great way to teach children to think critically about all media, because lets face it. someday they will grow up, move away and have the choice to watch/listen to it or not. i think its really important to teach them tat not everything they see on TV or in movies is real or true.

I would love to read/post to a TV free MDC forum!
post #43 of 48
Our TV is out! : I love it I love it I love it! Our home is so much more peaceful without it. I don't think it's freakish- there are a lot of us out there!
post #44 of 48
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Add our to kids to the freaks.

We do watch movies though.
Ditto - we watch DVDs on the laptop. My son was recently gifted a PS2 with a bunch of games and we tracked down a 17" set (also free) so that he could use it. There's no actual "television" to be had, it just serves as a monitor for the PlayStation. Thankfully, time on the system hasn't been an issue and days go by where he doesn't touch it
post #45 of 48
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There's a spectrum that includes both fully-sheltered and loosely-regulated (with common sense and child-development in mind). It doesn't have to be one or the other: shelter your kid from everything or expose her to all TV has to offer.
Love this
post #46 of 48
I grew up with alternately no TV and very limited TV, and I'm perfectly nor---wait, no I'm not. I'm on MDC!

My sister remembers going to school for the first time, and being baffled by all these kids who wanted to play Batman. She had no idea who Batman was. On the other hand, there were plenty of other subjects with which she could have happily engaged the other kids... except all they seemed to know about was Batman! I'd say they were freakier than her. And no, she doesn't seem to be permanently damaged.

DH and I don't have a TV, although we do watch a lot of shows (currently Buffy, M*A*S*H* and Voyager) on the computer. For us, getting a TV would seem like a huge step back. Who wants to be forced to watch a show when it happens to be on, with ad breaks every three minutes? How primitive! And no special DVD features? Bah.

I did Screen and Media Studies at Uni, and adore watching films, so I do plan to expose my kids to more films than we were allowed to watch at home. I never discovered Star Wars until I was about 16, and I wish my parents had rented it when I was younger, so I could have grown up on it. I never saw The Princess Bride until I was older, either; again, seems like a shame! Just like I look forward to sharing my favourite books with my kids, I look forward to sharing my favourite shows. There's something special about snuggling down with someone to watch The Sound of Music for the first time in her little life, no?

But getting a TV? Heck no. We have nowhere to put it; I don't need to watch reality shows or informercials; ads in NZ are incredibly inane; I really don't see the point in having one. If you were to offer me a fancy flatscreen, I'd be like 'Uh, thanks, could I take that in cash?'. Of course, a digital projector is another matter. I wonder if I can legitimately lobby for that as a 'homeschooling expense', against the day when my kidlings will benefit from watching Ancient Egypt documentaries in glorious wall-covering hugeness?
post #47 of 48
My kids, 8yo and 5yo, are far from freaky. They go to a public school and have great social lives. It is usually only adults who appear puzzled when my kids don't know what they are refering to when asked about tv characters or shows.
post #48 of 48
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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
We have a tv, just one. But we really dont watch a lot of tv already. We are remodeling etc and at one point this summer we didnt even have it hooked up for about 3 weeks. Not once did DD1 ask about it.

But we as a lifestyle, are not big tv people as it is. I cannot remember the last time we watched a movie etc because we always have something going on.
This is us (but our TV can be off for 3 weeks for no reason at all). I'm very proud that my 3yo will actually TURN IT OFF and go play!

As it is, we get alot of crap for our only TV with cable being 15". The big TV only has a DVD player hooked up to it and will be off for 6 months at a time. And although ds gets to watch SOME TV (minimal), he is STILL a freak because he's only allowed to watch specific programs (PBS of course) instead of the stupid nonsense all over the networks on Saturday mornings.

So there you have it: they can be freaks even WITH the tv.
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