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For all of you lot who have tvs in your kids rooms

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fishfinger Tue 05-Jul-05 12:05:30

i made ds1 read this this morning

Enid Tue 05-Jul-05 12:09:03

can it be a coincidence that dd1's reading and writing have come on amazingly since we have had no tv?

or that dd2's speech and language has also developed hugely...

fishfinger Tue 05-Jul-05 12:09:46

theya lways com on on holiday I find too

Enid Tue 05-Jul-05 12:12:44


we have defintely noticed a difference.

Even dh who never notices anything to do with the children normally.

potty1 Tue 05-Jul-05 12:15:49

Yet my youngest child who has had a TV in her room from an appallingly young age () has done better at school, so far, than either of her brothers.

She's obviously compensating by spending huge anounts of time on the PC too!

stitch Tue 05-Jul-05 12:18:22

potty, thats a girl booy thing.
girls do better than boys.

gigglinggoblin Tue 05-Jul-05 12:18:59

ds1 (6) loves stuff like the blue planet - and it prompts him to get books out of the library on subjects he wouldnt otherwise. doesnt mean he is getting one in his room tho, i like seeing my kids and i hardly ever saw my parents when i had a tv (but then we hated each other)

QueenFlounce Tue 05-Jul-05 12:20:32

Ds (4) has had a TV in his room since he turned 3. And I'm not removing it. I had one in my room for as long as I can remember..... and as an older child I was in my room more often than not.... and I have a degree..

SO MWAH! >stick out tongue<

golds Tue 05-Jul-05 13:04:54

We have a bit of both, if they go to bed early enougth (7.30) they are allowed half and hour of TV and then read for a bit, if they go to bed later they miss out the TV bit. I don't really see the problem.

Also the kids TVs aren't linked up to the aeriel so they can only watch videos which is all my 2 want at there age.

Toothache Tue 05-Jul-05 13:05:49

Golds - Ditto, the TV in Ds's room is for watching videos on.

QueenEagle Tue 05-Jul-05 13:08:43

All my older kids have tvs in their rooms but they are not allowed on unlimited. They can only have them on when homework, chores and anything else is finished.

Oh and btw - all of them are in the top sets for everything at school. <<<blows raspberry>>>

Heathcliffscathy Tue 05-Jul-05 13:11:43

cod: just cause it's in the times...if i'd said this (i believe it btw) you'd have called me hippy dippy nonsense woman

fishfinger Tue 05-Jul-05 13:16:10

have always believed this
must be ths hippy side to the fish!

Fimbo Tue 05-Jul-05 13:19:19

My dd only ever watches Angelina Ballerina on her tv/video combi - does that count? [wink}

Papillon Tue 05-Jul-05 13:20:21

I read this yesterday in the NZ herald... its a NZ study <sticks out chest>
dh just ordered a TV yesterdy too!!! better get it sent back we have been without for 8 months or so.

and for everybody who can´t be arsed logging into the times

article also here

llamaduck Tue 05-Jul-05 13:24:09

I havent got tv in ds's room and he is not getting one eiether. Or a computer in his room for that matter. If he wants to watch tv he can watch it with us and if he wants to use computer he can use one in study under suprvisoin (he is 5).

I personally dont fancy the idea of ds isolating himself although when he is a teenager my attitude might change!

Heathcliffscathy Tue 05-Jul-05 13:25:47

a hippy side to the fish....lets cultivate that, grow it, let it flourish...mung bean anyone???

QueenOfQuotes Tue 05-Jul-05 13:29:53

no TV in their bedroom (and they're not getting one if I have my way either).

However, TV is on ALL day in our house - DS1 only starts school in September - but if having the TV on all day is 'damaging' his learning abilities - then hell I'm keeping it on - he's certainly not 'lagging' behind - and has shone all year at nursery - I don't think I could cope if he got on any quicker!

He can't actually 'read' yet - but has a pretty good try - and personally I belive it's down the the PARENTING and the individual child, not the TV how well they do at school.

Papillon Tue 05-Jul-05 13:32:11

I am sprouting lentils atm... hippy diversity

Aragon Tue 05-Jul-05 13:37:23

I don't have a TV in our room or in DS's room and am hoping that's the way it'll stay. For me bedrooms are for sleeping and playing and the TV stays downstairs. However, all my nieces have TVs in their room and my eldest niece has just sat her GCSEs and is predicted very good results so I think TVs in bedrooms are not the only issue. I suspect that TVs in bedrooms are fine if you have parents that talk to their kids. We all know people who just dump their kids in front of the box and who have very little interaction without the TV - then you have a problem.

feelingold Tue 05-Jul-05 14:01:55

I agree with Arragon, the problem isn't having a tv in their bedroom, it's how much they are allowed to watch any tv. My kids have tv's in their bedrooms and in the last few weeks while the weather has been quite nice they haven't had them on at all. Occasionally on a wet and dreary Sunday afternoon they might watch a dvd but that's it.

sallystrawberry Tue 05-Jul-05 14:07:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Listmaker Tue 05-Jul-05 14:10:56

Didn't we have that other survey the other day that said the the amount of TV watched had no affect at all on academic performance - it was things like books in the home, educational level of the parents, whether you were on the PTA and stuff. I can't do links or I'd do one for you!!!

I don't think it really matters that much and other things are more influential imo.

Having said that mine don't have TVs in their room and never will but I like them downstairs with me and they watch enough TV as it is!!

soapbox Tue 05-Jul-05 14:18:23

We don't have TV or PCs in our bedroom or either of the DCs bedrooms nor will we have at any time in the future!

Bedrooms are sanctuaries away from the noise and bustle of the rest of the house IMO, and thats the way they will stay. Reading is very much encouraged in their bedrooms. They get 15 minutes each evening to settle into bed and read a book before cuddles and lights out.

Ours watch about 1/2 hour of telly a day, DD(7) might be on laptop for 15 mins, DS(5) not interested would rather be outside playing. It maybe more than this in the holidays. No play stations, or other games in the house.

Most of their spare time at the moment is spent jumping on the trampoline or playing in the garden.

soapbox Tue 05-Jul-05 14:20:57

Sorry - just read my post back and it sounds a bit up my own arse perfect parent

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