Why My Kids Won't Ever Have A TV In Their Rooms

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We all know television isn't good for kids. That's a given. But most of us -- including me -- do allow our children to watch television from time to time. We need the break, they need the distraction, and the television makes a handy compromise.

Reports claim that up to two-thirds of children age eight and older have televisions in their bedroom.

I may be the laziest parent on the planet, but I will never, ever allow my child to have a television in their bedroom.

Television just isn't good for kids. It promotes inactivity, can interfere with homework, playing outside (or inside) with friends, and spending quality time with the family. Children who watch violent television are more likely to be aggressive and may also fear that the world is a dangerous place. In short: too much television is NOT a good thing.

This is why it's so important for parents to monitor our children's television habits. When we remove that control, by putting the television in our kids room, we lose our ability to limit what kids watch and when. All parents should have a good idea what programs our children watch. This ensures that our children don't accidentally watch a particularly violent program or accidentally stumble across the pornography channels.

Rather than going to bed on time and getting enough sleep, children with televisions in their bedrooms have a multitude of sleep problems. These include resistance to bedtime, anxiety about sleeping followed by shorter sleep duration and a delay in the onset of sleep. Sleep is key for a child's development, and any causes for sleep issues should be eliminated wherever possible.

Most importantly, television watching can impact school performance. One study found that children who had TV sets in their bedrooms scored significantly lower on school achievement tests. Some studies have implied that too much television can actually hinder a child's later ability to get a college degree.

My kids may hate me for it. In fact, I'm sure they will. But I'm also sure that it doesn't matter - their future is more important than being seen as the "cool" mom.

What do you think? Do you have a TV in your kids room? Why or why not?


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ivego... ivegotrhythm

Never. 


My son has a TV in his playroom (wide open to the living room) on which he can play his WiI.  No sitting allowed and he has a timer he can set because its for an hour only. 


He can watch one half-hour show in the kitchen after school while he eats a snack, then it's homework time.


Movies are watched in the living room as a family.


If he's not tired when it's bedtime he is free to read as long as he likes.  Usually he reads aloud to the 110 lb. Golden/lab X who sleeps with him just in case any of those "children abducted from their bedrooms" stories are true. 


He's got acres of fields and woods, go-carts bikes, horses, chickens and dogs to play with.  He does not need a TV in his room. 


He will be 9 in March, BTW.

Melis... Melissa042807

We've already agreed that our kids will not have cable in their rooms. Maybe - maybe - a TV just for movie watching. But we'll see when we get there. 

ivego... ivegotrhythm

Equestrian Mom, my son and I also enjoy curling up in bed from time to time to watch a movie while SO is watching sports or something else.  We pop popcorn and make an occasion of it.

Torra... TorranceMom

I don't think it's a good idea. If they want to watch TV, they can do it in the family room.

TugBo... TugBoatMama

Ok- good for you. You can go pat yourself on the back now...

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

While I pretty much let my kids watch all the PBS Kids' shows their little hearts desire, I will NEVER let them have TVs or computers in their rooms.  I'm pretty sure we will never be a cable family, either (who needs it if you can watch whatever you want online?).  I will also never let my kids have unsupervised internet.  Mean mom?  Maybe.  But I would rather be mean than the alternative.

nonmember avatar Christina

I had a tv in my room from the time I was 8. There where rules, ofcourse, like no TV after 8pm and nothing innapropriate. It also gave my mom something to take away for punishments that we actually cared about. My sister and I were both on the honor roll and I went onto college and will be graduating with my BA in April! Now putting a TV in your toddler's room is never a good idea, but when they are older and more responsible I don't see the big deal. My husband grew up in a strict household with no TV in his room at all. So we'll see what happens when DD wants a TV for her room. With every other electronic thing out there that kids have I don't see how a little TV time could hurt them. My two year old loves to watch the PBS shows with me and she knows her colors, abc's, can count to 14, and is learning her shapes. She just turned two and knows more than some of the 3 and 4 year olds I work with. I think it all depends on the programing you put in front of your child. Sit them in front of spongebob and ofcourse they aren't learning anything!

Kiki1212 Kiki1212

Never say never


out of bed

Eversnow Eversnow

Another subject blown way out of proportion. It's a television. Not a rattlesnake. If you as a parent cannot monitor what your child does and when he or she does i0,t that's your issue. Don't blame it on the tv. 

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

its not even a question for me no never. I would never let kid have tv or computer in their room ever.


Its matter of the something totally unnecessary.


Why do you not want family time?


why not have time together.


 btw kids do not need to watch to much tv and neither do parents for that matter.

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