5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Let Your Kids Watch TV

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I know I’m going to get a lot of flak for having that title. But I like the combination of technology and kids.

I refuse to feel guilty for letting my kids watch TV, or TV programs on other screens, such as our sponsor Kidoodle.TV.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard or read in the last 6 years of being a parent that my kids should not watch TV, and how terrible it is for my kids. All the damage it will do to them. And that they should especially not watch TV before 2 years old.

Let’s be realistic.

Parenting is hard. Very hard.

Why you should let your kids watch TV - 5 good reasons

I’m not here to say all that research is wrong, because I have done absolutely zero research on the topic. I’m just here to say, it’s okay. Stop the self doubting. The guilt.

If you’re here reading hands on : as we grow, you’re probably already spending loads of time with your kids. You’re doing activities with them, being hands on with them.

So don’t feel like the worst parent in the world when you plop your kids in front of the TV so you can finish a deadline, or just stay sane at that moment.

I’m not saying to plant them there for the day and you go get a pedicure.

But I do believe that TV is okay every once in a while and isn’t all that bad.

Why it’s okay for your kid to watch TV every once in a while and how to make the most of it when they do.

  • Educational programming really is really educational, believe it or not. Be selective in the programming they watch! A Mom with a Lesson Plan has 5 educational programs that make her feel okay with TV.
  • This is a tech world. It’s their future in some capacity or another. Being familiar with how iPads, computers and other tech works will be to their advantage. Incorporate activities with technology.
  • Introduce topics and other things that they wouldn’t normally get to experience. And then talk about it or explore it more with activities.
  • Yes, activities! Just like you see so many book and activity pairings, educational TV episodes like those you find on Kidoodle.TV can easily be paired with an activity to let them really grasp a concept that might be harder to do without seeing it first.
  • They won’t be ruined for life. And it can help you stay sane. Be prepared with what you need to get done and really use the time effectively so that when TV time is up, you’re ready for focused kid time.

Need more reasons? I loved these 8 reasons to let your kids watch TV from The Stir. And I love this read at The Huffington Post about why TV really isn’t so terrible.

Watching Kidoodle TV - 5 reasons why its okay to let your kids watch TV

Kidoodle.TV is a new service to me; it’s an ad-free streaming service (only $4.99 a month), and I’ve found it pretty impressive. It’s much like other TV service subscribers, but made entirely for kids, with the kid in mind.

It has only safe, kid-friendly content. Even better is that it has age appropriate content.

If they’re 3 years old, you set their profile to 3 years old and they won’t be able to choose episodes that are more fitting for 8 year olds. Because there’s a big difference in programming between those ages!

What I’m loving most so far is that it has built in time limits. So when you say 20 minutes is all the TV time you get today, you can mean it and stick to it with absolutely no budging. That’s easy. When they complain, you can blame it on the TV, it knows what to do and you said 20 minutes.

Kidoodle.TV is accessible! Kids can watch from most Internet-connected devices, including iPad, Mac, PC, laptops, tablets, and smartphones (Android and iOS), and will be expanding to gaming consoles, smart TVs and other devices. A password-protected account allows the user access to content from multiple locations.

Watching Kidoodle TV - 5 reasons why its okay to let your kids watch TV

And I just want to add to my reasons.  My kids are smart. Really smart kids. No, television didn’t make them that way. The episodes they watched didn’t make them that way. They’re just smart kids. And we do tons of learning activities to help out. All I’m saying is that the TV hasn’t made them stupid.

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Comments

  1. says

    I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with some educational t.v. Like you said, there are things that you need to get done, like take a shower. Just be careful about the shows you let them watch and the amount of time they are in front of the t.v. My kids are grown (and plenty smart too) but now it’s time to get acquainted with the current educational shows for my grandkids. Thanks for the information on Kidoodle.tv I will definitely have to look into that.

  2. Cristina says

    My daughter is 2 and I do let her watch some tv. She watches mostly Baby Einstein videos, loves them, and just more recently became interested in cartons like Minnie Mouse or Curious George. She doesn’t have the patience for a Disney movie yet. She also plays on our tablet – she is pretty much the only user. She knows how to start it and switch between her favorite apps. She also sometimes plays on our smart phones, when nothing else is available. I’m amazed at how comfortable and intuitive she is with technology, it’s really interesting to watch her.

  3. Georgina @ Craftulate says

    My son has his own Kindle. It was actually mine, but he kind of took it over from me! I found it easier to set it all up for him (he’s only 2) and then use a “spare” Kindle that my husband had for all my own apps and books. My son’s used that Kindle since he was 10 months old. I’m all for technology – but like everything it has to be in moderation!

  4. says

    As a family without TV in the house, I really loved your article. Great points and reasoning why it’s ok to watch TV sometimes. We got rid of our TV because we never used since there are so many options online and they are better/easier to monitor and keep ‘kid safe”. I will definitely çheck out Kiddodle.Tv. One question, can it be streamed outside of US?

  5. CE says

    We have an iPad and both adults have iPhones. The kids are allowed to use them at certain times. Not before school and usually not durring the week. They do watch about an hour of tv a day durring the weekends.

  6. D Schmidt says

    My children currently use my Husbands phone to watch videos, and an Innotab and a Leappad to play educationally related games! My youngest son is two so does not show much interest but my five year old is rather obsessed.

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