I think the decision about TV and children under 3 is one left for the parents; the parent should decide exactly if their child should watch TV and how much of it they watch. I have no shame in saying that my very own 3-year-old Oli has been introduced to the box, even Dylan’s been treated to it. Only earlier he was led on his play mat staring up at Ice Age as Oli watches it again for what seems like the millionth time this year. That’s the thing, Oli enjoys it, so I’m no Scrooge to take that enjoyment away from him. We don’t seem to watch channels in this house, our on-demand TV service provides various programmes, and we seem to add a children’s DVD to our collection every day.
I see nothing wrong with screen time, and I can actually see it as educational at times, it helps to teach Oli new words as well as letting him hear the pronunciations as well as hearing words from us, a book or the TV which says a word which interests him, he’ll repeat it back to us. I just see it as another source to help to encourage him with his speech. I also don’t see it wrong to use it as a form of entertainment for them as long as it’s not the only form of entertainment they know. Oli pretty much has the run of the house when he’s not at playschool, if he wants to do some painting then we’ll have the paints out, if he wants to sit and play with his toys – great, he’s starting to use his imagination to play with them now. But if he wants to watch some on the TV then I don’t have a problem with that, especially now he’s getting older and watching stuff that the whole family can enjoy. I think it all comes down to balance at the end of the day; my child isn’t going to get obese watching the amount of TV that he does because he has the TV time balanced with exercises, books, toys and other stuff which doesn’t involve screen time.
What are your thoughts? Do you think TV should be banned for under 3’s?