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To not understand why children need a TV in their room?

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mrsruffallo Sun 28-Jun-09 22:35:21

Following on from another thread-I am quite surprised how many kids have a TV in their bedrooms.
Surely they can read to go to sleep?
Or watch the one in the living room?
Come and enlighten me, why do children need their own one?

AnarchyAunt Sun 28-Jun-09 22:42:14

They don't.

Nobody needs a television.

roulade Sun 28-Jun-09 22:43:17

Definitely don't.

janeite Sun 28-Jun-09 22:43:27

They don't - and neither do adults. And nobody really needs a TV at all: I'd get rid of ours like a shot but dp insists on keeping it.

2shoes Sun 28-Jun-09 22:44:38

you do what you want with your own dc's
mine had one from an early adge my choice

Tortoise Sun 28-Jun-09 22:45:23

DS2 has one in his room for the PS2 but it doesn't have an aerial so no TV can be watched.

Other than that i don't think kids do need TVs in bedrooms.

CherryChoc Sun 28-Jun-09 22:45:23

Well when I was younger we had a TV in our room so that when we played the playstation it wouldn't damage the tube of the TV downstairs (It wouldn't have anyway but my mum insisted this was the reason - I think she just didn't want to hear the annoying music). It was also useful when we wanted to watch the Simpsons and she wanted to watch Chris Evans.

But having said that, we didn't have one for years and so had established other ways of winding down before bed etc. I loved reading and still do, so it was only ever used to play the console or if there was a clash of TV viewing. I wouldn't let a very young child have a TV in their room and I don't want one in mine now.

IkeaSnake Sun 28-Jun-09 22:45:25

because peopel live in small houses with only one reception room?

What is the diff to bedroom compared to a playroom or a study?

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Sun 28-Jun-09 22:45:47

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TheLadyEvenstar Sun 28-Jun-09 22:45:58

2shoes glad I am not alone lol

harleyd Sun 28-Jun-09 22:46:10

my kids need a tv in their room coz by teatime im tired looking at them grin

IkeaSnake Sun 28-Jun-09 22:47:15

i think peopel forget that there ARE homes where all there is downstaris is a kitchen and a living room and tbh NO ONE wants to watch zack and cody

onagar Sun 28-Jun-09 22:47:19

Could just put one in the kids room and if the adults wanted to watch TV they could ask if it was convenient to come and watch. (they might have to watch whatever channel the kids happened to be on)

Dysgu Sun 28-Jun-09 22:47:20

I really don't like the idea of children having TV in bedrooms.

Classes I teach (aged 9-13) seem to be full of children with loads of stuff in their bedrooms. Have also taught younger children with TVs, DVD player etc in their bedrooms.

We were brought up without TV and I was the only person in my Uni house share without one in my bedroom.

In my family we read and talk and talk and talk grin

Ivykaty44 Sun 28-Jun-09 22:47:48

mrsruffalo - if you have a tv, why?

IkeaSnake Sun 28-Jun-09 22:48:00

ask the kids if they could watch tv?


onagar Sun 28-Jun-09 22:50:02

If you have just the one TV do you turn it over to watch something even if the kids were enjoying something?

IkeaSnake Sun 28-Jun-09 22:50:49

we have THREE

oh yes
and the kids are sporty literate, social and clever.

2shoes Sun 28-Jun-09 22:51:12

you and me both

bradsmissus Sun 28-Jun-09 22:53:14

I think it's a bit narrow minded to say if your child has a tv in their room then you don't talk as a family and your DCs don't read.

My dd is 10 and has a TV in her room. Tonight she watched a programme about the solar system which she is the thing she is curently into.

If you don't want your DC to watch TV that's your choice but don's assume the rest of us do it out of lazy parenting.

Dysgu Sun 28-Jun-09 22:53:53

DD1 gets to watch TV (Beebies or Nick Jnr) in living room. If there is something on that we want to watch we turn it over - but usually what we want to watch is on after she has gone to bed (is only 2.9yo). If she is up late, then we watch what we want.

TV is only on in the daytime if we put it on for her.

May well change as she - and DD2 - get older...

Bonneville Sun 28-Jun-09 22:54:46

Children dont actually NEED a tv in their bedrooms but I cant see any problem whatsoever if they do. Why should it be a surprise that so many do?

UndertheBoredwalk Sun 28-Jun-09 22:55:27

DD (8) has a tv/dvd in her room, no aerial so no tv.
She has it because I do not want to watch Hannah Montana and HSM dvd's over and over and over !!

FAQinglovely Sun 28-Jun-09 22:55:50

so when they get their weekend PS2 fix you can chuck them upstairs to play it and have the TV to watch Wimbledon wink

Ivykaty44 Sun 28-Jun-09 22:56:29

you watch tennis.... grin

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