DD wants a TV in her room!

(128 Posts)
Tw1nkle Sun 08-Sep-13 18:45:03

We're thinking about getting a tv for our DD's room.
We currently have Sky, and whilst I would like to get rid of it, it costs a small fortune it does have REALLY good parental controls.

If we keep sky, we can get multiroom for my DD's room, and use the great controls.

However - she will be 5 - is this too young - even with the parental controls? She's pretty good, and would only have it on when she is allowed.

Advice appreciated!

NatashaBee Sun 08-Sep-13 21:56:04

DSD has one in her room and it means she spends most of the day in there. I hate having TVs on constantly or as background noise.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 21:56:55

It was a godsend when the DC were younger and woke up super early, they could watch their DVDs until it was a decent hour, and didn't wake the whole house.

Sunnysummer Sun 08-Sep-13 22:02:25

I used to work in TV and saw a load of research about how both kids and adults get significantly less sleep when there are TVs in their room. This article is on older kids but has the same points, someone else might have the links to the more recent research, including computers and tablets.

I love TV, but wouldn't have one in any of our bedrooms.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 22:05:11

Now they are older the TV is largely redundant in favour of laptops, or PS3.

Everyone here gets plenty of sleep. There's not a whole lot to watch on TV these days.

CMOTDibbler Sun 08-Sep-13 22:07:07

Way too young. And theres lots and lots of things that parental controls won't stop your 5 year old watching things she shouldn't at that age.

mikkii Sun 08-Sep-13 22:07:57

Too young. Our DC are 9, 6 and nearly 3. Until 2 months ago we only had one t, then we bought one for the playroom (Now I don't have to mainline Peppa pig)

I also informed DC that in order to have kids TV on cable in the playroom, it had to be removed from the lounge (yes, I lie to my DC)

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 22:10:24

I knew i would be in the minority. grin

MrsOakenshield Sun 08-Sep-13 22:13:56

too young but I hate TVs in bedrooms anyway, regardless of age.

Sparkling - why would watching TV in their rooms be less of a disturbance than watching TV downstairs?

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 22:15:57

They could stay in bed MrsO, no running up and down the stairs and WW3 breaking out over what to watch. Two boys two years apart don't like the same stuff.

exoticfruits Sun 08-Sep-13 22:18:40

Far too young- I am against it at any age.

anon2013 Sun 08-Sep-13 22:21:16

Maybe just a dvd player in the room?. You know for sure what she's watching then.

rubyfoz Sun 08-Sep-13 22:28:07

My two (dd13 and dd11) have never, and will never have tv's in their bedrooms.
My main concern is that it would stop them reading.
They both are in the habit of going to bed and reading for 30 mins to an hour each night - much as they love their books, if they had a tv I imagine the temptation to stick it on instead would eventually win out.
Only tv in our house is in the living room. We all watch together or not at all.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 22:31:53

I refuse to watch The Simpsons and Russell Howard so DS1 (14) watches them in his room.
The TV is also the screen for his PS3 which I refuse to have downstairs.

My ds (4) has a tv/DVD player in his room, we got it when he had his cousin to stay for a week and they kept running in and out of bed of an evening.
We let them watch half an hour of a DVD at bedtime and it really calmed them down til they fell asleep.
Nowadays it's used rarely, sometimes if he wakes really early I will put a DVD on for him. It's not connected as a tv but could be when he is a teen

milkysmum Sun 08-Sep-13 22:44:02

DD age 4 had one just for DVD 's mind. She used to watch a DVD on a weekend but hasn't bothered with it for months now preferring to either play down stairs or have a story- I think it was just a novelty that has now worn off

Portofino Sun 08-Sep-13 22:48:20

Dd, 9.5 has. Tv in her room but not connected, only for playing DVD which she is allowed at the weekend. I would not allow actual steaming tv til secondary school age.

flowery Sun 08-Sep-13 22:48:56

What problem do you have that you are looking to solve with this OP?

Floggingmolly Sun 08-Sep-13 23:09:36

Far too young. My dd was given one for her 5th birthday from the grandparents (a pink princess one, with a bloody gold tiara randomly stuck on top hmm). I put it on top of the wardrobe and it was never switched on.
By the time she was old enough to actually use it, she preferred to watch iplayer on her tablet, and wouldn't be seen within ten miles of a tiara'd telly grin

SoonToBeSix Sun 08-Sep-13 23:13:40

I think it's way too young but I wont let my 15 year old have one .

Primrose123 Sun 08-Sep-13 23:21:47

I wouldn't. My teenage DDs don't have TVs, we have two downstairs instead. I think children's bedrooms are for reading, playing with toys and sleeping.

Sunnysummer Mon 09-Sep-13 00:07:29

Also saw that you'd like to get rid of sky without this - in any case, couldn't you get rid of it? Even if you do choose to put a TV in dd's bedroom you could be like pps and use it for DVDs, then spend the money on Netflix plus family fun (or mum fun, depending!).

Sparklingbrook Mon 09-Sep-13 07:25:13

We only have one Reception room-it makes a difference, in that now as they are older we would bung a telly in if we had another downstairs room.

Fairylea Mon 09-Sep-13 07:27:41

Way too young imo.

I personally believe bedrooms should be for sleeping, reading and playing. Until dc are teenagers at least.

Dd is 10 and has never had a tv in her room. If she can't sleep I always tell her to read a book. She's done this since she was about 4.

I won't be getting her a tv until she is about 14/15.

Mama1980 Mon 09-Sep-13 07:37:25

Personally I hate tv s in bedrooms, I have dd 15 ds5 and ds2 8months, and none have tv s. we have one in the lounge so we all have to sit together if we want to watch something.

redlac Mon 09-Sep-13 07:54:14

DD has a tv in her room with sky & an Xbox. Now that she has discovered Minecraft she rarely watches anything on sky. She does get to watch stuff on Netflix though but rules in this house is no screen time after 7pm on a school night. That includes the tv downstairs. She never turns it on by herself, never goes to sleep with it on and she knows that if I say no to it going on that its not going on

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