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Old 12-05-2019, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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As I said in my first post, even water can be deadly if you are drowning in it. My point was that the TV can and should be made into a powerful tool that will only be the friend and never the enemy.

TV should only be used in healthy measures.

All of the media we have access to can be put to good use, there is no such thing as useless information. The media is not to blame, the people who abuse it are.
Well … yeah … that's a given.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:03 PM
 
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I certainly don’t agree with plopping kids in front of the tv for hours so you don’t have to interact with them. It seems like some parents of kids who don’t watch tv are on this high horse of my kids get no screen time. Part of me thinks ok great but then another part of me hopes they are learning a lot from these parents. My son has learned a few things on tv that I didn’t teach him. When he was 4 he started talking to me about echolocation and how it’s used by dolphins. I was like who told you that and he said I saw it on wild kratts. So if kids are absorbing info like that from shows I don’t see how that’s a bad thing.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:07 PM
 
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In earlier times, weren't people criticized for not engaging in physical labor and instead had their nose in a (fiction) book, "daydreaming" all the time?

Limiting screen time, I feel, is the modern equivalent.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:54 PM
 
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Who knows. We live in a culture where in person interaction is constantly encouraged but more and more services and ways of doing things are online: dating, taking classes, no more going to video store-Netflix, Banking. All possible through a screen. But screens are bad!!
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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All possible through a screen. But screens are bad!!
Not everything adults do is appropriate for kids.

I like TV and am on a screen a large part of my day. But the studies referenced here are just saying that hours and hours isn't good for very young kids.
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:20 PM
 
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Not everything adults do is appropriate for kids.

I like TV and am on a screen a large part of my day. But the studies referenced here are just saying that hours and hours isn't good for very young kids.
Agreed. It's not good because it is a passive activity. Too much sitting and not enough moving. Television spoon feeds information which is less valuable that teaching a child to explore on their own.

It also depends on how literally kids take things. Once when we were crossing the 59th Street Bridge (into Queens), my daughter asked if I could stop the car because she wanted to jump off like on Sesame Street where kids float in the air and meet up to form letters.

I realized I had no idea of how she was interpreting what she saw so I unplugged television.

We had a VHS player for Spot, Little Bear and Madeline tapes. We had tons of arts and crafts supplies to keep her busy.
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:55 PM
 
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My DH also has the kids watching more tv than I would like. He is with them after school and turns the tv on for 30 to 60 minutes.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:14 PM
 
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My DH also has the kids watching more tv than I would like. He is with them after school and turns the tv on for 30 to 60 minutes.
Thirty minutes after a day of school as a time to "cool off" before starting homework isn't the worse thing in the world. Sixty minutes is a lot.

We had playdates and activities after school. If not, we had a snack and talked about their day.

I used TV before school. If they were up and dressed in time, they could watch thirty minutes of Arthur before leaving for school.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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I think 30 minutes a day of screen time is fine, they sometimes need to wind down. Moderation is key. Rainy days could be an exception, there is only so much reading and crafts they can do.
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Old 12-06-2019, 12:16 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I don't know what is a good time allowed per day since 30mins is too little to get any use out of the session and 4 hours+ is too much. I think the type of on-screen activity should be managed. My oldest son does reasonably well in school and spends about 3 hours a day after school on the iPad or iPhone before he is timed out.
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