How do you decide what to let your kids watch on TV?

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  • Murbs 6 Jun 2009 14:06:59 22,936 posts
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    Our 4 year old doesn't watch much TV but when she does it's either one of her favourite movies (such as Mary Poppins or Sleeping Beauty) or a TV show like Charlie and Lola on Beebies.

    Met up with some friends during the week, and their four year old lad was asking Amy if she liked Indiana Jones. Now I know we're quite strict with what we allow her to watch but this is being a bit too liberal imho. Their son has had issues in the past with night terrors yet they're happy to let him stay up to watch Doctor Who...
  • Whatsfor 6 Jun 2009 19:56:03 2,187 posts
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    Basically I would say that anything between channel 900 - 999 on sky would be fine.
  • DUFFMAN5 6 Jun 2009 20:06:38 16,696 posts
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    dvd's ftw.
    Dora,Doodlebops,Disney (of course)Lazy Town,In the Night Garden,Big cook little cook ect, all with no adverts!
    The minute we watch Sky channels from 600 then it is advert city with toys, games ect.

    900-999 is the soft porn phone line shite on my skt tv, so be careful out there!
  • Whatsfor 6 Jun 2009 20:17:09 2,187 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    Big cook little cook ect

    I read that wrong.

    900-999 is the soft porn phone line shite on my skt tv, so be careful out there!

    Funny that, eh?
  • Goban 8 Jun 2009 13:23:42 9,167 posts
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    It really depends on the kid. We let our 3 year old watch movies ranging from Studio Gibli stuff through to Spiderman 2. As far as tv goes we avoid commercial television and stick solely to the Beeb. For films I draw the line at PG's and am pretty careful about which ones she watches.
  • rare_uk 8 Jun 2009 13:49:36 3,579 posts
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    Goban wrote:
    For films I draw the line at PG's and am pretty careful about which ones she watches.
    Yeah we got stung by Coraline recently. It scared the bejesus out of our 5yr old.

    Although I have shown him Transformers up to the point that BumbleBee gets captured, then I think it gets too hardcore for him. I just wanted him to get a taste of Transformers as he has the toys.
  • Goban 8 Jun 2009 13:52:41 9,167 posts
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    I've avoided that so far, i'll save it till she gets a bit older.
  • pjmaybe 8 Jun 2009 13:55:57 70,666 posts
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    Only thing she watches now is In the Night Garden. It used to be habit just putting the telly on while I was cooking / cleaning etc on my wednesdays off with my daughter or on weekends, but now she's at an age where she can quite happily just play or get into her books so the telly's barely on.
  • rare_uk 8 Jun 2009 14:02:40 3,579 posts
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    My eldest ( 5yrs ) wants to watch Ben 10 all the time, or clone wars (which I like too). After watching these shows I can see a significant change in his behaviour. So I stopped him watching them. Also I didn't like the fact that my lil 2yr old was getting exposed to these shows too. So now they both have to watch kiddie shows, if they watch anything, or a DVD. Usually they just run around annoying each other, or me.
  • Deleted user 18 June 2009 08:57:23
    Our two year old twins watch 1 hour of cbeebies a day. We have a good idea of which shows they like and what times would be good for a bit of TV.

    So they watch Aardman's brilliant Timmy Time at 9am, a little of the channel just before lunch and the night garden and zoo lane before bathtime.

    There's not a cat in hells chance we'd ever let them watch Indiana Jones before the age of something like eight or perhaps older. The level of gore and violence (while not a problem in my eyes for teens and a couple of years before) is way too much for little ones.
  • jonsaan 18 Jun 2009 10:38:56 25,861 posts
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    My eldest hardly watches telly. Aside from Robin Hood. Mind you he is 8. The youngest (3) just watches kiddy channels and the Simpsons with his old man. Personally, I would turn off INdy before the face melting etc.That could scar a youngster for life! When Ollie was much younger he snuck downstairs and watched the Mummy from behind the sofa. I only knew he was there when he ran screaming from the room after the Mummy first turns up and kills the chap who lost his glasses!
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 18 Jun 2009 10:42:22 42,128 posts
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    I saw The Never Ending Story in the cinema as a young child. Apparently was so frightened by the wolf, and then started crying when the horse died that my parents had to take me out until I calmed down :-D

    TRAMA. Did me no lasting harm though.

    /twitches.
  • Murbs 18 Jun 2009 10:42:44 22,936 posts
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    I just know how much watching the likes of The Incredible Hulk and Wurzel Gummidge affected me as a kid to make me very wary about what my girls are going to be watching.

    Mamma Mia! premières on Sky this weekend though and Amy's said she wants me and mummy to watch it with her.
  • Murbs 18 Jun 2009 10:44:20 22,936 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    I saw The Never Ending Story in the cinema as a young child. Apparently was so frightened by the wolf, and then started crying when the horse died that my parents had to take me out until I calmed down :-D

    TRAMA. Did me no lasting harm though.

    /twitches.

    Ahem!
  • DaM 18 Jun 2009 11:04:39 14,120 posts
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    My five year old was really into things like Power Rangers, Ben 10 etc long before I would let him watch them, through nursery. I still have serious reservations about them - it's just non-stop fighting, violence. All the programmes aimed at boys this age are just this. I did pick up a Transformers DVD - it's an 80s animated effort, it's got Orson Welles doing one of the voices, he must have been really skint!

    I try and think back to what I watched at that age, and I can't really think of anything comparable - there was Tarzan cartoon that is probably the closest - but it wasn't aimed at selling you the merchandise (boy, did they miss a trick or what).

    I know little boys will probably play in this fashion without any help from TV, it just worries me a bit.

    I have the problem of keeping everyone happy (3 yr old girl too), so we'll have a CBeebies day, then a CITV day (which I don't really like...might just set up the PVR to record Ben 10).

    My current personal favourites are 3rd and Bird (bring it back! Or at least release the soundtrack!) and Charlie and Lola.
  • jonsaan 18 Jun 2009 11:06:16 25,861 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    I just know how much watching the likes of The Incredible Hulk and Wurzel Gummidge affected me as a kid to make me very wary about what my girls are going to be watching.

    Mamma Mia! premières on Sky this weekend though and Amy's said she wants me and mummy to watch it with her.

    MTFU! :o
  • DaM 18 Jun 2009 11:15:31 14,120 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Murbal wrote:
    I just know how much watching the likes of The Incredible Hulk and Wurzel Gummidge affected me as a kid to make me very wary about what my girls are going to be watching.

    Mamma Mia! premières on Sky this weekend though and Amy's said she wants me and mummy to watch it with her.

    MTFU! :o

    I'm more concerned of the lasting effects of Wurzel Gummidge on Murbs - has he developed a debilitating Una Stubbs fixation?
  • jonsaan 18 Jun 2009 13:36:25 25,861 posts
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    Perhaps he has a selection of heads for different moods. Other people's heads that he has aquired....
  • Mike_Hunt 18 Jun 2009 14:02:58 23,524 posts
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    Our (soon to be) three year old watches on average 30 minutes of TV per week. I can't see how watching hours of any TV program/film and be positive for a young child.

    The odd bit here and there is fine, and can actually be positive (if it's a particularly interactive program), but hours of TV a day, rather than proper play just seems wrong.

    [MH]
  • HoraceGoesSquiffy 18 Jun 2009 14:16:36 1,563 posts
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    At the risk of sounding like Millie Tant, I hate the way all the stuff on kids TV is so gender stereotyped. Shite like Lazytown even actually have an interstitial which is pink or blue so the kids know whether people will think they're ghey for watching the next segment or not. Heaven help you if you're a girl watching Lazytown interested in sports or a boy that likes dancing.

    My other half's cousin's little girl is obsessed with My Neighbour Totoro (she's 3). She just yells "MAOMAO BUS! MAOMAO BUS!!" until they give up and put it on.

    On a side note, I want a garden like the one in Waybuloo.
  • Murbs 18 Jun 2009 14:20:07 22,936 posts
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    RE: Gummidge

    Nothing to do with Aunt Sally, it just freaked me out when he switched heads. I had to leave the room and wait on the stairs :-(
  • HoraceGoesSquiffy 18 Jun 2009 14:22:08 1,563 posts
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    Gummidge used to creep me out. I always had a feeling that he was about to ask kids to have a look at the puppies in the back of his van.
  • jonsaan 18 Jun 2009 15:42:15 25,861 posts
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    But that was related to the fact that he was the scariest Doctor Who ever no?
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