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I'm a new stay at homeschooling mom. I pulled my child from public schools because of what he was imitating when he came home. He was acting out things his classmates were doing (they got it from tv).
Now that I'm homeschooling, I heavily filter the internet (which I use for projects and educational purposes), but I'm still having trouble with the tv. We all know children learn by imiatating. This concerns me gravely.
Does anybody else feel like there's a problem with television!
My dd is rather adicted to tv I must admit. But I don't let her watch anything that I don't think is age appropriate and at least think has some merit. I own a lot of videos and dvd's so that is what goes on much of the time.
"Cats are keen, cats are great, cats are clean they lick your plate."
Just do what your doing and watch what your child is watching and approve certain times for viewing of certain shows. My kids would rather play outside. So you could make sure there are things to do other than watch tv.
And yes I do feel like there is a problem with tv. My DH and I talk about this all the time.
"I am a midwife. It is not just what I do, it is what I am, and I grow in it."
why not just limit the t.v. time each day? our t.v. is only on during the evening for 1-2 hours at the most. we turn it on around 6pm, sometime after we finish supper. it is never on during the day except for our children to do their math (mathusee) and if there is something in the news I need to see but for the most part it's never on. then ofcourse on weekends I let them watch cartoons and other movies.
My kids would rather play outside. So you could make sure there are things to do other than watch tv.[/b]
I agree. Plus, if you think about it, if your child were in a school all day Mon-Fri they wouldn't be watching t.v. there. If a teacher can keep a class of 15+ students busy all day without a t.v. to babysit them, then I figure I can do that much with just my own children. :)
My kids love to read, play with legos or other toys, play outside in the pool, on the swingest, in the woods, in the dirt, you name it! they also like to help cook, play their musical instruments, go to day camps, paint, color, build stuff, etc. I can go on and on about how much there is to do inside. my children are more naturally to go pick up a book when bored than to ever want to watch t.v. at any time of the day. i'm glad for that.
I agree with all of you. I have, however, heard about Tivo's new kidzone. Has anybody heard about this? Its like a sophisticated parental control system. At least this is what I've heard. I plan on doing some more research on this matter.
I think its awesome that the media is finally taking a step to help us when it comes to this matter.