tv rant (I warned you)

I posted a ton of new pictures of my boys on Monday, so I'm skipping wordless Wednesday.  If you didn't get to see them, click here!

Something has been on my mind for a bit and I've decided it is time to blog about it.  Let me start off by saying I'm not writing this to offend anyone.  I'm not trying to upset the apple cart, but sometimes you just have to talk about your own side of the coin too.  Ok enough of the phrases and onto the rant.

**disclaimer, I won't be offended if you stop reading now**


Something that I have noticed since 2006, yes that is when Blake was born, is the big tv debate.  OMG she is not going to go there.  It feels like some people feel that tv is the root of all evil, or at least the cause of many childhood issues.  They often talk about how bad it is and how they limit their children from watching it and all that with free reign.  But, the parents on the other side of the coin never say anything.  Now, do I have some issues with children watching television, yes!  I think that we are raising a generation or two of children who are being allowed to view things that are not appropriate for their age and therefore are becoming desensitized to many issues of society.  I think that unsupervised viewing of any and all television by young children is wrong.

That being said, I think there is a LOT of good children's television out there.  There are channels dedicated to children's television.  There are channels that are commercial free just for the reason of protecting your child from commercialization.  There is so much children can learn through these shows in addition to what they learn through play.

My boys watch television, they play on the computer every day, they play outside, they play with each other.  Are they perfect... NO.  Are they always well behaved... NO.  Do I think that television or computers caused these any of their behavior issues... no way!  Children learn about limits and boundaries by experimenting with them, in other words... getting in trouble is part of growing up, it's not caused by media. 

After being a teacher for 10 years I could not tell you which children watched tv and which ones did not.  I can tell you which children were supervised and which were not.  I can tell you which children spend time with their parents doing things and which did not.  But to blanket say that tv is the cause of behavior issues, rubs me the wrong way. 

Agree with me if you want.  Disagree with me if you want.  But, know that I believe what I believe and although I'd love to hear what you have to say on both sides of the issue, it will probably not stop my boys from watching tv.  (I don't think I could stop Blake from watching Monster Trucks... he loves them)
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11 comments:

  1. Totally agree! Well said! As they say, all things in moderation!

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  2. My kids have always watched tv. I agree if a child does all kinds of activities what is the harm with a little tv? Funny, as I typed this Jillian was watching Dragon, got up and turned off the tv and got her music out to dance.

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  3. I am a teacher also (although only a first year, but with tons of other work with kids before I was in a classroom). I totally agree with what you have to say. I worked in an urban classroom and I know some of those kids watched wildly inappropriate things but I put that on the parents. They should supervising tv viewing and not letting them watch WWE. I'm all for Sesame Street and I love almost every show on sprout (I have 3 cousins under 6 that I babysit and I have a habit of watching with them...)

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  4. i absolutely agree with you! avery has always watched tv and always been appropriate. noggin/nick jr and now its mostly pbs. He watches some movies too mostly disney and other kids ones. although i have noticed in some of the older disney movies how bad the language is(idiot,fool,etc)

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  5. Yes, I fully agree. TV itself does not cause problems, it's what they might be watching though I still think that with some discussion, that isn't as limiting as some parents make it. I will say that it bothers me when the TV is on all the time in a home. Because I just hate that back ground noise and also, the more it's on, the more we all watch and there are so much more fun things to do!

    Great post!

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  6. I would have to agree with you...being a teacher turned mom as well. WEll said.

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  7. I am also teacher turned mom (now teaching preschoolers!) and also agree with you. My kids watch tv. They love tv. They do NOT watch shows like SpongeBob on a regular basis (my father-in-law loves it for some reason so they have seen it there) because they are too young for that kind of humor. They LOVE Nick Jr. shows and we watched a lot of Sprout when they were a little bit smaller. We don't let our kids watch adult TV and we do turn the TV off for quite a few hours everyday. I have always been a big believer in anything in moderation is ok - moderation and monitored!

    I was so happy to read another blogging mama who admits she doesn't believe that TV is the root of all evil!

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  8. I let my boys watch TV. I just try to limit them to the shows that I approve of and I try not to make the TV a babysitter too much.

    I think there is a lot of quality TV programming for kids too.

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  9. I am a Mom to four children of various ages and couldn't agree with you more!

    Karen

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  10. I TOTALLY agree with you Lori! It's about parent-child interaction, not the TV! I'm sure you've seen it all as a teacher!

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  11. I totally agree! And I agree that supervision is the issue, not TV!

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