DS is 13 and although he hasn't said anything directly, he's been hinting that he wants a tv in his room.
I asked dh what he thought and he thinks it's a bad idea, as he can't be trusted to switch it off at a sensible time, and also it's quite nice for all three of us to watch tv together (we only watch TV 3 nights a week normally and it's only recorded films or series which we all like). DH also thinks ds will game a lot more if he has a tv in his room.
Do your teenagers have their own TVs, and if so are there any problems?
No, I know, if it was up to DS it would be a permanent loop of Top Gear. He does watch the main tv by himself in the living room whenever he wants, btw, and often dh and I are in the other livingroom listening to music, so it's not as if he can't watch tv within reason.
I guess the main problem is that he's a sneaky bugger and left to his own devices would be watching crap till midnight (his room's a long way away from ours and we wouldn't hear it).
Marslady, have your kids never asked for their own tvs?
I don't allow anything "electronic" in bedrooms except radios and cd players. We have one TV - and we negotiate what we watch. But none of us watch much TV anyway - and dd sometimes catches up with some stuff that ds would rather eat wasps than watch, on Iplayer after he has gone to bed.
My ds has one for his x box but it doesn't have an aerial so is not a tv iyswim.He watches tv with us (rarely) stuff like tennis and documentaries(?) he loves eastenders and will try to watch it but its banned in this house so we switch it off and he just laughs!I don't think its a bad thing just unneccesary expense.He doesn't even bother with the I'm the only one stuff now.He has begged uas for a computer in his room when we move and I am not sure about that either
I do think that people need to have their own choices sometimes. I really don't think you can do the "something we all like" line all the time. I am frequently entertained listening to my children honing their nogotiation skills on each other. I have high hopes of my 7 year old son, who has on occasion persuaded his 12 year old sister to watch Match of the Day with him. She hasn't yet got him to watch an episode of Friends!
Ds can watch tv in the main living room whenever he likes, except for about 5 hours a week when dh and I watch films & even then he usually wants to watch with us. DH spends a lot of his time in the garden (is obsessive gardener) and I may very occasionally pop onto mumsnet, just in passing, for a few seconds, you know how it is.
Mine have had TVs in their rooms. dd (14) has got rid of hers because she rarely watched it and it took up valuable room. ds1&2 share and have a TV but it's not connected to the aeriel, they watch DVDs and have an X-box. Ds2 does play a lot of games but he gets out and about a lot too.
We also have a portable in the other sitting room, dh usually watches the footie on that because no-one else wants to watch it.