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Well, here's an interesting perspective from Julia Pimsleur Levine. Julia actually makes an educational DVD series for tots, but she's also a mom. And she makes a very valid point about the importance of promoting media literacy rather than "demonizing" the television altogether.
When it comes to toddlers watching TV, it doesn't have to be all or nothing, does it?
Recent Disney Controversy
I am the mother of two young boys under the age of five, and for full disclosure, the creator of an educational DVD series for tots, Little Pim, which introduces babies, toddlers and preschoolers to a second language. Although I have mixed feelings about the Disney refund, I believe the ban-TV-for-tots frenzy that has ensued is misguided.
Let us contemplate the following:
So even if the secret is "out" that we sometimes use DVDs as a babysitter, we also know that sometimes we watch WITH our children. We share in their delight at making new puppet friends, learning new words in English, Spanish and Chinese, and acquiring social skills by imitating kids or animated characters on screen. These are moments we can celebrate and cherish; the watching may not make them smarter, but it may help them learn about making healthy viewing choices that will carry over when they are old enough to control the clicker.
- Julia Pimsleur Levine, Mother and President, Little Pim Co.
* source: PBS
What do you think? Can TV play a positive role in our children's lives? Do you have a TV-inclusive balance of activities set up for your kids? What's that balance for you?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside