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Registered: 04-08-2013
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 1:51pm

I'm a freelance journalist wondering if any parents out there have TV-free households. If yes, what do your kids think about growing up without TV? Do they recommend it or not? I'm currently writing an article for Press4Kids, a daily newspaper for kids, and I'd like to feature your 6- to 12-year-old's opinion.

If interested, please respond ASAP and I will get back to you.


Catherine Nichols


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In reply to: cathinthehat
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 9:22pm

Totally TV free? I know families with no converter box, (so no local TV) but they do occasionally do movies that they get from the library. Also some families that now have no real TV, but do watch Netflicks or PBS shows on the computer. (Usually educational documentaries.)

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In reply to: hbka20
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:12am

We have never been TV free. We have done differing levels of TV, and TV has never been on 24/7 ever. I think it is a teachable element(good in it),  so I would never get rid of it completly, but it has addictive use issues(bad in it), so should be to determine what to watch and limits, teaching kids to self impose limits on all media so they have time to think there own thoughts, dream, H.  

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In reply to: cathinthehat
Tue, 05-07-2013 - 8:41pm

How are you defining TV-free?  I know families who claim to be TV-free but watch the same programs on Netflix, U-tube, computer, DVDs.  Like them, are you defining it as just commerical broadcasting and cable seen through the TV screen?  That gets troublesome as well as we hook up the computer and watch Netflix through the larger TV screen.  Or are you combining all viewing of broadcasting and cable fair regardless of how it's watched?

Just some questions for thought as my youngest is now 15 and we never restricted viewing beyond getting work (school work, chores, etc.) done first.


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