Has anyone gone TV free in a household with children?
I remember there was a kid in class at school who didn’t have a TV, unfortunately a lot of the other kids ripped him a bit for it and he was obviously left out of any “what was on last night” conversations. Then again a lot of stuff is on iPlayer and the like nowadays so having an actual TV isn’t a necessity.Posted 5 years agoRVMember
My 5 year old goes weeks without watching TV. We might watch the odd film on a wet Sunday evening during the winter but that is all. The outlaws let her watch a bit when they have her but she never asks for it at home. She did watch a fair bit of the Olympics though. TV don’t go on till she’s gone to bed.Posted 5 years ago
Can’t imagine it’ll be an easy thing to take away if they are used to it.joemarshallMember
I remember there was a kid in class at school who didn’t have a TV, unfortunately a lot of the other kids ripped him a bit for it and he was obviously left out of any “what was on last night” conversations. Then again a lot of stuff is on iPlayer and the like nowadays so having an actual TV isn’t a necessity.
Yeah, that was me that was. Whilst I can see the advantages now, I certainly got bullied about it at the time.
We haven’t got one right now, but we’ll see – she does watch TV on iPlayer, at child minders sometimes too. If it becomes a pain with her wanting to watch things at particular times in future, maybe we’ll buy one. Hard to know whether kids will be all about iPlayer in the future anyway.
JoePosted 5 years ago
Are your children into TV now?
Yeah, I think we all are, especially me, but when we go camping we don’t have TV we all really enjoy it, unsurprising because we’re on holiday but even wet evenings when we’re tent bound we’ve surprised ourselves by having a really good time.
Can I ask why?
Spend more time together as a family, get more stuff done, stop letting screens devour our time – internetz/DS etc included.Posted 5 years ago
You mean broadcast TV, or the whole hog excluding movies too?
Our 3yo hardly watches TV, and that which she does watch is usually some sort of documentary or Deadly 60 on CBBC.
She watches loads of films though (chosen by us to be worthwhile) and she has learned loads about stories and characters and so on.Posted 5 years agosalsaboySubscriber
My daughter, now 12, has lived without tv for 9 yrs.Posted 5 years ago
She has self regulated access to BBC Iplayer and that’s only watched at weekends really.
As long as she gets to see Doctor Who all is well.
There is always music on in the house, or Radio 4extra, she is a big fan of radio comedy.
She is either singing, dancing, reading or laughing and likes the ‘niche’ aspect of being one of only a few kids at here school that don’t spend the evenings watching soaps or “talent” shows.
It works for us all.
It is possible to let kids watch TV without them turning into couch potatoes.
They’ve got TV time now, just thinking about cutting it right back for all of us
You mean broadcast TV, or the whole hog excluding movies too?
Unsure as yet, early days, not sure how we’d deal with not watching the Great British Bake Off etc which we watch as a family and which the kids enjoy mainly for that reason.Posted 5 years agobikebouyMember
MrsBouys brother and wife have 2 kids, 5 and 4. They have a small TV in the house thats knackered and only plays DVD’s. They have a MAC that they use to watch iPlayer etc. but only a few times a week.
Kids don’t seem to mind unless they go back home after being at Grand Parents where they get to watch CBBC et all.
Parents don’t restrict use, more a case of them all doing stuff around the Farm, so too busy really.
On the whole it seems they’re fine without it.
Though as school becomes more of a focus I guess at some point the eldest might start to complain a bit when others get to watch TV..
Who knows, bit early for that just yet.Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
We used to have a two-week TV-free period. The kids would moan for about a day or two, then get on with playing. Mrs dj would moan for about two weeks. I don’t watch TV anyway*, so no loss really. Top tip: take the fuses to work,and leave them there.
*obviously this was not implemented during a Grand Tour 😉Posted 5 years agomaxraySubscriber
She watches loads of films though (chosen by us to be worthwhile) and she has learned loads about stories and characters and so on.
😀 Imagine you being like Victorian dad, sitting her infront of macbeth or some OU programme whilst you nip to the toilets to ogle the boobies in national geographic 😀
Personally I don’t see anything wrong with TV, obviously I don’t let my kids sit watching it endlessly but there is plenty of good educational and fun programming out there.Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Toddler North watches limited TV: maybe 15 mins of Tiny Pop cartoons in an evening (irregularly). Otherwise, it’s mainly sport as that’s all we would ever watch during her waking hours.
Mrs North and I watch too much, when tired, in the evenings. This time of year is worst, as there’s all the run-up-to-Christmas-every-night-of-the-week-stuff-on-that-can’t-possibly-be-missed-and-yes-going-to-the-garage-to-fettle-a-bike/ride-the-turbo-is-being-unsociable.
Apparently.Posted 5 years agojiMember
Four kids, and we gave up broadcast TV about 4 years ago. Always thought we would reinstate it at some point as the eldest went to secondary school, bur as said above she likes the novelty of being different…
We do watch DVDs and iplayer etc, but this tends to be watching specific programmes, not hours of channel surfing crap.
We did it to save a few quid, and because we weren’t really watching TV anyway. Try it – you can always go back.Posted 5 years agoEdukatorMember
I went out with a girl who had grown up in a TV free house. She had a bizarre view of politics and world events, and was very hard work to talk to. I don’t think she’d ever seen someone walking on the moon, helicopters over Vietnam or Slade playing “Cum on feel the Noize”. Don’t do it.Posted 5 years agoRichPennyMember
I don’t think she’d ever seen someone walking on the moon, helicopters over Vietnam or Slade playing “Cum on feel the Noize”.
These are just for her.
And one just for you 🙂
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tggRL7xHjUg[/video]Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Kids watch very little Broadcast TV. They tend to watch it on iPlayer etc.
I love the radio, especially Radio 4 in the evenings. They have some brilliant stuff on, but some of the comedy grates me though.
About to cancel out VM subscription actually, since getting a SmartTV the box hasn’t been on.
I’m amazed that some parents stop their kids watching CBBC etc completely. Horrible Histories is just brilliant. Should be on prime time in evening. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
That song “Born to rule over you” about the kings was hilarious.jambalayaSubscriber
We experimented with this for a short while, IMO it’s a mistake and your risk the children feeling or beaing treated like “weirdos” – a lot of kids popular culture includes tv shows. If you feel strongly about it then create an environment where there are lots of other fun alternatives and have limits for how much tv they can watchPosted 5 years ago
Imagine you being like Victorian dad, sitting her infront of macbeth or some OU programme whilst you nip to the toilets to ogle the boobies in national geographic
Hehehe.. when I say worthwhile I mean:
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs
and so on. Non worthwhile films that we own and I discourage include
Cats and Dogs
Tom and Jerry (the film)
Finding bloody Nemo
Mainly because they are shite.Posted 5 years ago
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