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Does your child have a television in their bedroom?

My son is almost 7 and at an age where he's starting to go to friends' houses to play.Most of these kids have T.V,D.V.D etc.They seem a little put out on the return playdate when they find no electrical goods in my son's bedroom.This isn't a poverty issue,we could afford one.I just don't thing it's appropriate.What's your take on this?

Asked By: New Boots. - 5/29/2007
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I agree with you 100%. It's an unnecessary side-effect of the times we live in. I have refused to allow a TV or other electronics (besides a radio/boombox) in the bedroom for many reasons. The two main reasons are that A) I want her to PLAY - color, read, play dressup, get outside and run around, etc.... and B) I'm... More
Answered By: ~Biz~ - 5/29/2007
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I wish she didn't, but yes, she has always needed it to go to sleep...bad habit to get into....
Answered By: madsmaha55 - 5/29/2007
 
It's totally appropriate.He'll hate you when your older if he doesn't get one.Your a bad mother.
Answered By: Kristen - 5/29/2007
 
my sister has one but its only because it helps her sleep at night with the light but other than that no i dont see a real reason to have one in her room at all....
Answered By: Meagan - 5/29/2007
 
Hell, no... More
Answered By: Soleil Noir - 5/29/2007
 
Absolutely not. My child is 12 and I wont let him have one in his bedroom. He cant control his game playing and tv watching on his own, yet. He need a parent to guide him. On his own, he could play video games straight for days without breaking.
Answered By: wushuboy001 - 5/29/2007
 
yes they do have tv's and their video games in their room but theres a catch. the ones in their room have timelimits as to viewing time. Friends over doesnt make a difference they still only get so much time and then they have to find another activity.
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Answered By: Geia - 5/29/2007
 
I agree with you that TVs do not belong in children's bedrooms. I do let my daughter have a small TV in her room only when she is home sick, too sick to get out of bed. But not on a regular basis at all.
Answered By: mystery_me - 5/29/2007
 
well at 7 i agree but i have five kids and the 2 oldest have all that stuff, 15 and 17, when my 12 yo is 15he is allowed
Answered By: melissa s - 5/29/2007
 
Different strokes for different folks. My son has one in his room and he's 4. No cable hook-up or anything, it's stictly for his v-smile and his movies. He watches a movie maybe once a month and plays his v-smile maybe twice a month. That's really it. He's not allowed to just veg out in his room. Even as a teen... More
Answered By: jdecorse25 - 5/29/2007
 
As my mother said a bedroom is a room for reading and sleeping not watching t.v. My oppinion is to get a nice big television in your family or living room
Answered By: puplovr766 - 5/29/2007
 
I never had one in my room growing up. As a matter of fact I didn't have a TV in my room until I was over 30 years old... More
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Answered By: PK211 - 5/29/2007
 
I have a TV in my daughters bedroom for my sanity, She has to get permission before turning it on though, I let her watch it if she has extra time in the morning before school or at night while I make dinner and on weekends. You just have to set boundaries.
Answered By: Yola - 5/29/2007
 
well it depends if your son is getting a good education you can put a t.v in his room but don't let him watch it a lot he might get to caught up and wont do what he is suppose to do my child is 6 and she got hers tooken out of her room last week for failing math and wont come home to ask for help or do homework but go... More
Answered By: chelsea n - 5/29/2007
 
No, my daughter doesn't, and never will, and neither will my son-to-be. I don't think it's appropriate, either, you're making the right choice. It's just not necessary or healthy. Your son can watch tv out in the living room or wherever, and that's plenty. Good luck~
Answered By: Sarah - 5/29/2007
 
Every household is different. I think the reason alot of people have tvs in their kids rooms is because they use it to help them go to sleep. I personally don't have a tv in my daughters room, but she does watch some shows when I need a break :).
Answered By: No where to hide - 5/29/2007
 
i had one and my daughter who is only 4 has one and a dvd player that she has all rights to.the only problem is i have to shut it off every night.thats about the only time it gets used is at night you kinding me we all rather be outside.if i took the privelage of going outside away as a punishment she would be... More
Answered By: fuk u r - 5/29/2007
 
We put one in my sons room and all he wanted to do was paly the video game. We even had to make him change clothes. So we took it out and he was mad but I am the mother and I want whats best for him. There are too many shows that isnt allowed when the children are watching TV. So we have the TV in the family room and... More
Answered By: isobelle'smommy - 5/29/2007
 
My son is 8 years old. He has tv, dvd, and game system all in his room. It haven't been a problem for me. Nothing "bad" ever came from it. If you think your child would spend too much time playing game or watching T.V just limit the time, ... just remember to be consistent! I learned my lesson! Also if you're afraid... More
Answered By: noname - 5/29/2007
 
I agree with you, although I don't have kids. I do have 7 siblings though, and instead of a TV in our room we have 1 or 2 siblings to share it with :D... More
Answered By: queenbee0889 - 5/29/2007
 
Yes, but shes 12. You should be fine in getting him one, just monitor what he watches.
Answered By: hasdad62 - 5/29/2007
 
I am 17 and me and my siblings weren't allowed to have them in our rooms. Although there were many times I've wished I had one, in retrospect I'm glad I didn't. I would have stayed up late when I should have been sleeping, and I did things like reading instead. Imagine... More
Answered By: kris11989 - 5/29/2007
 
i am almost 17 and i dont have one in my room. my parents believe if they punish me to my room it wouldnt be a punishment if i had those things in my room and i feel that way too. i think you should keep doin what your doin.
Answered By: ♥ BryAnna ♥ - 5/29/2007
 
I agree with you. Having a TV is not necessary, esp. for a 7 year old. both of my little sisters have a tv,dvd player, computer in thier bedrooms. they're not spoiled, but they just never leave thier rooms, which I don't think is healthy. don't feel bad and don't give in, you're doing the right thing.
Answered By: Maricely - 5/29/2007
 
I don´t think it´s appropiate. Kids should have tv or pc in their rooms later in life,,,If they don´t have one they don´t need one. Make more searching here in internet about that issue...My kids never had it till they were 15...and already a good parental guidence and control.
Answered By: jackielafemme - 5/29/2007
 
Good for you!!!! Kids don't need to have a TV in their room. Life will go on and the planet will keep spinning:-) Kids with TVs can see things that you might not want them to watch, can cut on the tv when they should be in bed sleeping. I don't think they need a tv or computer in their room. Sure it means that some... More
Answered By: VAgirl - 5/29/2007
 
We have one in our girls room, tv, dvd/vcr for watching movies. Other than that I tell thier friends that they didn't come over to play with video games or movies, they came to play with each other. "Now go find some toys to play with or go outside!!"
Answered By: jimapalooza - 5/29/2007
 
Heck no and until they're in their teen years and we have to fight them for the TV I don't see any reason for them to have on. Even when I was 21 and still at home I was not allowed a TV in my room. I didn't get a phone in my room until I was a teenager as well. I like to have some ability to monitor what they're... More
Answered By: thejezowskis - 5/29/2007
 
well, i grew up on video games and tv and my imagination is very broad because of it. it just depends on the person
Answered By: aaron - 5/29/2007
 
I agree with you. It isn't appropriate for kids to have a T.V. in their room... More
Answered By: Kimmie - 5/29/2007
 
You are the lucky/blessed one. Don't get your son into that habit he will be better off later on. He might complain, but that's ok... More
Answered By: Tiberias - 5/29/2007
 
My niece had one in her room and she destroyed it....I don't think kids need to have things like that in their room.....more because I don't think that electronics make good babysitters. If the child is in the room, you can't really regulate what they're watching or playing. I much prefer to have my children use the... More
Answered By: lupinesidhe - 5/29/2007
 
i think in the modern world we live in it is VERY common for children as young as 5 to a tv and dvd or even game consoles in their room. but just like any good parent set parental controls and it should be aokay
Answered By: Lyssaloo - 5/29/2007
 
I don't know yet whether I'd allow my kids to have a tv etc in their room (currently pregnant with #1), but I do think your son has the wrong kind of friends, to be honest. They should be his friends because they like playing with him and shouldn't care whether he has a tv in his room or not. Bad peer pressure... if it... More
Answered By: Meng - 5/29/2007
 
Yes my son is 6 and has a computer, a T.V and video games in his room. The computer isn't hooked up to the internet yet and the T.V has a special programming on it that makes the screen go black if the program is rated higher than PG. I don't see a problem with it. My son is very hyperactive and the TV gives him some... More
Answered By: belle f - 5/29/2007
 
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