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Old 11-17-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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How much is too much. I heard this turns childrens brain
into mush with too much TV and or video games.
What cartoons are suitable and which are not recommended
for 4-5 years?
I have a 2 year old who luckily has no interest in any TV time.
Thank you.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: NE Oklahoma
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That is simple. Just don't start it. I think some children's tv is ok. Maybe watch Seseme Street daily. But at 2, more than an hour is too much. Even at 5 I think more than an hour is too much.

Karen
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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I have a 3 year old, and I let her watch a fair amount of cartoons. I usually go for what is on Noggin or Sprout. She likes Disney cartoons (Cinderella, Lady & Tramp, etc.), but they throw around words like "stupid" and "idiot" that get repeated so that has lead to a few "we don't say that" conversations. She (and I) likes DragonTales, Clifford, Backyardigans, Charlie and Lola, Dora, and Blues Clues.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I don't have as much of an issue with the programming, in general, as I do the amount of advertising. Currently, with our 2 y/o, we allow up to an hour of Seasame Street a day. It has no advertising (besides the organic food commercial and the 'Beaches' resorts ad), so I don't worry much about it. To tell the truth, she usually is demonstrating her recently perfected enunciation of 'outside' about halfway through. We are collecting up the DVDs for various children's shows/movies, and although we know that it is inevitable that she will be watching popular cartoons at some place at some time, we are putting it off as longs as possible.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Manchester, NH
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Some children's educational programming is very good. But, just like anything else, these programs are okay in moderation. Some computer games/video games are actually quite good for kids in terms of eye/hand coordination, problem solving and learning, but again....all in moderation. The parent needs to know what it is all about and engage the child about what he/she is watching and playing. Being an involved and informed parent is the most important part.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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We pretty much stick to PBS and the other stations that don't have commercials for our 3 yo. Well, at least not until the end of the show and we turn the TV off before the adverts are shown. The shows she watches are WordWorld, Blue's Clues, The Backyardigans, Dora, Diego, Max & Ruby, and Barney (sigh, yes). She gets an hour a day and an extra half-hour if I haven't help getting the kids into bed. Then, she gets a show while I put the baby to sleep. On her school days, she doesn't get any TV. We haven't shown her too many movies. Thus far she's seen "Cars" and a Penguin movie.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Everything in moderation, I suppose. We didn't even have cable in our home until recently when our analog TV started to become obsolete (we lost 4 channels outof 6).

PBS offers some good quality programs for all ages and that is still mostly what I allow my kids to watch. My 4 year old son watches Arthur and Curious George every morning and occasionally something else throughout the day. He still really enjoys Baby Einstein DVDs and the Leap Frog learning movies, which are very educational.

As long as TV time is not interferring with free play time for a preschooler, and the shows are age appropriate, I don't see the harm.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:54 AM
 
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Thank you for everyones take on this topic.
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:17 AM
 
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Coming in late: I had one kid who hated Sesame Street. I did, however, use tapes of Mr. Rogers for what we referred to as "The Arsenic Hour", that half-hour before dinner when everyone was frazzed and we could all benefit from some semi-=mindless quiet time. The man was like Baby Valium, and I loved him more than my luggage.
Overall, we avoided Nickelodeon like the plague (too many toy tie-ins) and limited Disney to one or two shows. PBS kids may not be as flashy or full of adult-level wisecracks, but-- aside from Elmo and that godawful Weezie from Dragon Tales-- they're not terribly shrill and annoying. Or at least they wreren't, my experience with PBS kids' shows has been pretty limited the last eight or ten years.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:52 AM
 
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The American Pediatrics Association says no more than 2 hours per day for older children and no t.v. at all for children under the age of two. During the week, my girls (7 and 11) usually don't watch any t.v., but sometimes they'll watch a little. On Saturday mornings, they may watch a couple of hours of cartoons or sometimes we watch a dvd on Friday or Saturday evening.
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