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DD wants a TV in her room!

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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!

IslaValargeone Sun 08-Sep-13 18:45:56

Too young imo.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Sep-13 18:46:14

No it will be fine. But everyone else will say no. wink

MortifiedAdams Sun 08-Sep-13 18:46:47

Too young imo too.

Madlizzy Sun 08-Sep-13 18:46:58

I wouldn't.

KingscoteStaff Sun 08-Sep-13 21:28:32

Why does she need it? Not being sarky, I really can't imagine when she would use it.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 08-Sep-13 21:31:16

I wouldn't.

Catnap26 Sun 08-Sep-13 21:31:35

I think its a bit too young,sorry

Weegiemum Sun 08-Sep-13 21:33:49

I'd say way too young - in fact our dc are 9,11,13 and the only TV in our house is in the lounge. They do get to take a laptop and DVD up to watch in their bedrooms, but that's it.

I really can't see the need - and we don't have fancy satellite recording type things either, just freeview (or whatever it's called). Our dc do like watching films with us now, but we do still restrict viewing times during the school week. But then we're also strict with screens generally.

monkeyfacegrace Sun 08-Sep-13 21:34:07

Min both have tvs with inbuilt dvd players, and are soley used to watch dvds. Is that an option?

2kidsintow Sun 08-Sep-13 21:34:27

Mine had TVs relatively young, because they were hand me downs (cheap!). They have never been attached to any aerials, though and are only used to play DVDs.
They don't use them on a school night either.

flowery Sun 08-Sep-13 21:34:54

I have a 6yo and a nearly 4yo. I'm struggling to imagine circumstances where they might possibly need or even use a telly in their bedrooms. confused

MirandaWest Sun 08-Sep-13 21:36:37

DS (who is 9) says its too young as he doesn't have one. He can't see why you need more than one television in the house smile

crazykat Sun 08-Sep-13 21:36:44

I'd say its fine, my DCs have always had a tv in their rooms and have had cable for over a year (they're 5 and 4) plus DSD is older and shares a room with 5yo DD1 so wouldn't have been fair for DS1 not to have one.

TBH they only got cable as they get no reception in their rooms for free view even with a booster arial. It's great when they want to watch kids films that are on as we don't have to.

If you think it's okay then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

OddBoots Sun 08-Sep-13 21:37:54

It feels very young to me but I know people do and it works for them.

thenightsky Sun 08-Sep-13 21:38:51

My DD used to ask for a telly in her room every Christmas. I said no every year. She left home at 18, and I bought her a telly for her student accommodation.

She is now 26 and says she is glad she had no telly in her room as she now feels she had 'proper' family evening with us all together.

She does tease me about how cross it made her at the time though grin

holidaybug Sun 08-Sep-13 21:41:11

Way too young IMO

OddBoots Sun 08-Sep-13 21:43:24

Oh, I forgot to mention that my ds's school (secondary) has asked for parents not to have anything with a screen in their rooms based on some educational research about its impact on results - we don't have any anyway so I've not checked out the study/ies they mean but you might want to in case it makes a difference to you.

mrsmartin1984 Sun 08-Sep-13 21:43:30

I plan not to let my kids have a tv in there room. Ever. My OH is a teacher and it's shocking the amount of tele children watch and how tried some are the following morning. I used to have one and I had real issues sleeping. 3 years ago got rid of it and I sleep so much better. It's too much stimulation especially for someone so young.

RedlipsAndSlippers Sun 08-Sep-13 21:43:53

That would be too young for me, plus I don't really see the need. DD is 4 and I'd much rather she wasn't already hidden in her room instead of with us, plenty of time for that when she's a teen!

Beamur Sun 08-Sep-13 21:45:02

My 6 yr old would LOVE a TV in her room (her older sister has one and is thus a highly desirable object) but I have said no. Personally I don't really like TV's in bedrooms, but it can be handy if you have several kids/adults in the house and don't all want to watch the same programme or have a TV to play games on, etc.
My preference would be extra TV's in communal rooms, but not every home can accommodate that.

hettienne Sun 08-Sep-13 21:45:38

I don't know, seems odd to me. Can't imagine sending DS to another room to watch something alone but he is only 3.

PissesGlitter Sun 08-Sep-13 21:50:15

We have tv's in all bedrooms with freeview

I want to watch Criminal Minds, they want Cinderella
I watch my programme and they go watch theirs
Everyone is happy smile

flowery Sun 08-Sep-13 21:53:08

It's 2013. If something you want to watch is on at the same time as something she wants to watch, you sky plus yours, or use iplayer, and watch it when she's in bed. Easy.

elQuintoConyo Sun 08-Sep-13 21:55:54

I think too young.
Ok for dvds when they are ill, but not for telly.

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