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What age do u all think is an ok age to let child have tv in their room?!?

(89 Posts)
mindermummy Sat 15-Sep-12 08:41:06

My son is 8 and been begging for years to have a tv in his room as all his friends have for years.
I was adamant not to let him as long as I could, but now I'm starting to sway, maybe I should let him now.
Just wondered what sort of ages others let their kids have them. Thanks

DS1 got one for his 13th birthday. Not having a large house with dining rooms, play rooms or spare rooms for them to use, the DSs bedroom is their living room and private space. I quite like having some child free time with DH in the evenings, so them watching Man Vs Food or whatever in their room is quite nice. We've never had any issues with watching it past lights off because they know I'd hear it and if I can't trust them, they'd lose it. It's also nice that if they're hogging the main TV playing games (no consoles in bedrooms!) DD can go and watch a DVD in their room.

oldqueenie Sun 16-Sep-12 10:12:34

only read op. the right age is around 50 (ime).

mindermummy Sun 16-Sep-12 10:10:30

Thanks for all the comments !!
Was quite shocked to see so many anti tv comments! Expected a few of course! But maybe not that many!!! [wink
I'm still undecided.
My son loves reading and both my children have stories read to them every night before bed.this tv for the room would NEvER be on at bed time and there would be very strict rules.
Lol I still can't decide . Xxx

Japple Sat 15-Sep-12 12:37:29

While in the 4th Grade,we told our 2 children...You must Earn the right to have
A TV in your rooms.We required A's and B's on their School Report Cards,Clean
Bedrooms,and all Chores completed and "Checked Off" on the Bulletin Board.
They complied. They Earned the Right to have their own TVs.Now,at ages 39
and 40...One is a Banker,and the other is a Corporate Computer Specialist.They
raised Their children the Same way we raised Them.Jill.

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Sep-12 12:29:41

What's your decision then OP? grin

TheCunningStunt Sat 15-Sep-12 11:01:58

My 5&3 year old both have a tv and DVD player on their bedrooms. So they can only watch DVDs. I have no issue with it at all. It's like everything else in life, you use it in moderation. You are in control of it. Mine ask to watch a DVD, I say yes or no. It's not a big deal, they do not stay up all night watching it, it does not effect sleep. In fact DS tries to stay up reading every night, perhaps I should bam his bookcase from his room?

Op do what is best for you...it's no one else's business.

DilysPrice Sat 15-Sep-12 11:00:51

University age- it's a health hazard. We have 4 TVs in the house, but none in our bedrooms.

shrimponastick Sat 15-Sep-12 11:00:10

DS had a tv/video combo at six. He didn't watch tv excessively, and always switched off when told to

He is now 14 and rarely watches tv. He does spend rather too much time on his laptop when at home though..

He does read, and when there is no electronic diversion gets through books at a rate of knots.

I have no issue with DC having tv in their rooms . In fact am Jealous as me and DH are the only bedroom without..

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Sep-12 10:56:15

That's what I mean Theas. Silent reading of books/listening to Ipods/radios everyone is blissfully unaware that their child has had no sleep. grin

Not like the evil that is TV.

Theas18 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:54:04

Love the "what if thy wanted to read books way into the night would that be ok" ?

It wouldn't , but because it's silent you'd probably not know. Surely everyone has caught them with torches at 11pm?

My sneaky dd2 was recently caught with and earphone wire fed down the back of her high sleeper to the radio on the shelf below !

NorbertDentressangle Sat 15-Sep-12 10:49:31

Mid teens (ish) maybe.

My two (12 and 8) have started asking for one because friends have recently had one but we've said no.

TBH DD watches enough crap on TV as it is -she would watch reruns of Come Dine With Me, Cupcake Wars or Emergency Bikers until the cows come home so I have visions of her never sleeping again and watching TV all night instead.

We have a TV in our bedroom that is very rarely watched so sometimes they get to go and watch something in there if there is a dispute over the main TV (normally due to DP wanting to watch the football!)

Theas18 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:49:30

We haven't ever had tvs in bedrooms. At 15 they have had own laptops and watch some I player etc but that's all.

However we don't really watch a lot if tv anyway. Too busy as a whole.

They do however have radios and listen for hours. This has had slightly snorksome moments as particularly the younger 2 ( now 13 16) have listened to huge amounts of radio 7 4extra. Hence " no you cannot stay up to hear who the murderer is (in a poirot ) because you are 9 and should be asleep! " or DS being just a tad irritating in English in year 7 because knows huge chunks of Sherlock Holmes off by heart.

I recommend the radio!

Dumbledoresgirl Sat 15-Sep-12 10:47:04

When they have left home.

youonlysingwhenyourewinning Sat 15-Sep-12 10:46:27

This subject always makes me chuckle on mn.

My eldest was about 9 when she got a tv in her room. She hates to be alone, so only watched it if she had a friend over.

Dc2 shared a room with dc1 from being 5yo, so has had a tv in her room since then. She will watch the odd dvd in there if dh is watching a "housey' programme downstairs.

Dc1 moved out of the room and dc3 moved in at the age of 3, so has had a tv in her room since then.

It's used about twice a month. I have absolutely no problem with it.

<bad mum>

Sparrowp Sat 15-Sep-12 10:43:54

Never is probably best, but I'd be willing to settle for flyover's suggestion.

cece Sat 15-Sep-12 10:42:05

18 and preferably when they have left home.

Jinsei Sat 15-Sep-12 10:38:45

So because they have TVs in their room they should watch them 24/7 then to get the use out of them Jinsei?

No, there's no "should" about it, but if they're only watching a couple of hours a week, I can't see why they need a tv in their own room. But as I said earlier, each to their own...

flyoverthegoldenhill Sat 15-Sep-12 10:34:56

and only if they don't wet the bed

Victoria3012 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:22:00

gurlwiththefrothycurl Yes my son reads a lot of books ( We have a whole wall of floor to ceiling bookcases in the dining room.. Do i get a mumsnet gold star for that?) A tv in the bedroom does not mean a child will be educationally damaged. I give my child the choice, he may decide to watch Mythbusters in his bedroom, he may decide to read a book. He gained level 5 SAT's across the board so strangely enough he is managing to read and do his homework ( Ill take another mumsnet gold star for the stealth boast) smile.

SecretSquirrels Sat 15-Sep-12 10:21:32

Mine got them at 14.
Which coincided with them both losing interest in watching tv. confused.
It was the start of GCSEs at school and they got a desk and computer in their rooms, having previously shared mine family one.
I have only ever known them to watch the tv when they have friends over and even then it tends to be a DVD.

MardyBra Sat 15-Sep-12 10:17:38

Never. They might end up writing in txtspk.

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Sep-12 10:14:16

So what if our DC wanted to read books late into the night? Would that be ok?

usualsuspect3 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:14:14

oh yes Sparkling, no way would I listen to Kerrang first thing in the morning.

usualsuspect3 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:13:28

I never limited TV either <shrugs>

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Sep-12 10:13:05

So because they have TVs in their room they should watch them 24/7 then to get the use out of them Jinsei?

It's an option that's all. They are there if they want to go up, relax and watch a DVD, or a programme they like but nobody else does. In the mornings DS1 has a music channel on while he is getting ready for school. He likes it. smile

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