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Old 06-02-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: bay area
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My niece lets my great niece who is 5 yrs old watch the disney channel, shows like icarly, Suite Life of Zac and Cody, Hannah Montana etc. I may be wrong but arent some of those shows targeted for older kids. I just dont think the subject matter is appropriate for a 5 yr old. I have a 6 yr old son and in his limited amount of time watching tv he prefers to watch Dora or Wow Wow Wubzy. Your thoughts?
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: nc
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My 11yo watches Suite life and Hannah Montana. Most of the episodes are about Zack and Cody getting a girl and Hannah getting a boy. I don't think a 5yo needs to watch that stuff.

When my son was 5, he would watch PBS shows like Arthur, Clifford, Cyberchase. I think those are a little more appropriate.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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My niece lets my great niece who is 5 yrs old watch the disney channel, shows like icarly, Suite Life of Zac and Cody, Hannah Montana etc. I may be wrong but arent some of those shows targeted for older kids. I just dont think the subject matter is appropriate for a 5 yr old. I have a 6 yr old son and in his limited amount of time watching tv he prefers to watch Dora or Wow Wow Wubzy. Your thoughts?
Kids usually watch shows that they see older kids watching. I was shocked when I went to see Twilight and was surrounded by moms with kids under age 10. High School Musical initially caught on because of teenagers watching the movie on the Disney Channel. Now you can buy HSM pajamas in size 5 and 6x. My daughter loves HSM and she's 6. She really loved the music but said the last 2 movies had too much kissing. I suppose they did.

6 year olds should be watching shows that come on Noggin...Dora, Diego, Kai-Lan, Olivia, Blues Clues, etc. What they want to watch is often sometimes different, but I usually say "that's for older kids" and my daughter says "okay".
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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My niece lets my great niece who is 5 yrs old watch the disney channel, shows like icarly, Suite Life of Zac and Cody, Hannah Montana etc. I may be wrong but arent some of those shows targeted for older kids. I just dont think the subject matter is appropriate for a 5 yr old. I have a 6 yr old son and in his limited amount of time watching tv he prefers to watch Dora or Wow Wow Wubzy. Your thoughts?
I think she is too young for those shows. I think you are right that Dora and Wubzy are more like it. Think of all that "attitude" she is learning early from shows like Hanna Montana. She will learn it from peers soon enough....don't need to encourage it that early.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: bay area
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I think she is too young for those shows. I think you are right that Dora and Wubzy are more like it. Think of all that "attitude" she is learning early from shows like Hanna Montana. She will learn it from peers soon enough....don't need to encourage it that early.
I totally agree with you I am going to have to talk to my niece about it, dont know if she will listen but I am going to tell her anyway. Youa are right about the attitude she already has one. And her mom wonders where she got it from.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Speaking of TV for kids, my 6 year old just walked in and started crying because she saw a dead chicken on tv. So nothing dead or dying, nothing violent or sexy. I hate Disney and all those pre teen shows. She still enjoys Noggin, PBS kids, some Animal Planet stuff. I say keep them little for as long as possible.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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How in the world is a child that young understanding what is going on with a show like ICarly? My 10 and 12 year old kids watch that show and my 5 yr. old watches Nick Jr. He gets bored when my older kids watch their shows.

Does the child play with age appropriate toys?
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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My 5 year old is really bored with cartoons...She likes Bindi the Jungle Girl, High 5, etc...but she is over Dora and the younger cartoons... She has moved onto SpongeBob, Phinias and Ferb, Scooby Doo...things like that.
She does keep asking to watch HM but I don't let her..
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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I think it helps that I have a 2 year old who watches Blues Clues. So my daughter will watch it with him and she even admits to liking it. Hey, it works for me. I think she thinks it's fun to go back and "relive" her childhood... whatever that means to a 6 year old.

But no, we do not watch HM, or any other Disney shows. Kids in her class do though, and I think it's strange. And parents wonder why their 1st grader is acting all obnoxious with their negative body language and pre teen language. No thanks to that.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Keep them on PBS Kids as long as possible! Wholesome and (except for the Juicy Juice thing..) pretty much commercial-free.
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