TV in dorm room

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Registered: 09-19-2006
TV in dorm room
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 9:38am
My son's roomate emailed and asked my son to bring either the TV or the fridge. My son volunteered for the TV since we have an extra, but I really don't think he ought to have a TV in his room at all. Am I nuts? Do your kids have TV's?

Neither of my kids have TV's in their rooms now. I think it is a bad idea because I think the TV will be on all the time and he will get in the habit of watching late night TV. He of course thinks I am nuts, and I feel uncomfortable about this since his roomate is expecting him to bring a TV. I told him to tell the roomate that he doesn't want a TV in the room and that he will contribute to half the cost of the fridge instead. I don't think he will need the fridge either since he will have the full meal plan, but to keep the peace I will go along with that.

What do you guys think?

Robin

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 5:47pm

A TV is something I think you have to let your son and his roommate work out on their own.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 5:00pm

"For some kids, in spite of the parents hoping it will be for late-night studying/snacking, the fridge is to store cold beer."

Good point. And at some (maybe most?) schools having alcohol in the dorms can get them kicked out of the dorm, even kicked out of school. I don't know what are the chances of actually getting caught, but still...

This would be a good time for POCS to review the dorm contract with your CS to make sure that s/he is aware of the rules (and knows that you know the rules too).

I seem to recall that a few years ago we had a member whose CS got kicked out of the dorm for some infraction which I think had to do with alcohol, does anybody else remember that?

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 3:59pm

It all depends what those other distractions are--let's see, beer pong party vs. TV--what would you choose?

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 2:59pm
(For a U like ds's that has an 8 meal/week or 10 meal/week plan, a dorm fridge is absolutely necessary unless you want to pay a lot for all your other meals!)
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 1:20pm
Thanks for your input. I think we have similar views on the issue and I have conceded to let my son bring the TV. Like you it is not that I am anti-TV I just don't think it is necessary. I also think that there are so many other fun things that can act as distractions during college that I don't want my so skipping those distractions in favor of the TV.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 8:59am
(For a U like ds's that has an 8 meal/week or 10 meal/week plan, a dorm fridge is absolutely necessary unless you want to pay a lot for all your other meals!)
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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 8:01am

I seem to be in the minority here, but I don't think a TV is a necessity. Part of it is that we've never had multiple TVs at home, or lots of gaming (we got our first DVR-recording device of any kind, really-a few months ago, and our first gaming device-a Wii- almost two years ago). When dd20 was little we had no TV, and when both girls were little, no cable. We also have a TV lock box, to limit the boys to under an hour a day. So, we're not luddites (Dh is an IT guy) but that gives you some background.

Part of the deal was this - we weren't going to forbid anything, but we also weren't going to pay for it. A TV is not a necessity in my book. The computer can give you access to many programs,

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 1:34pm

Things have changed - a lot.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 1:11pm
Thanks. I certainly realize that there are other distractions, and I guess that is precisely my point. I remember being pretty distracted with things like going swimming, walking into town for a bite to eat, going jogging etc... All with my new friends. I never had time for TV in college and I think that was a good thing. There was a TV in the lounge, but I never watched it. If we had had a TV in our room I am sure it would have been on and it would have been difficult to avoid sitting on my rear end when I could have been out there doing things and meeting people. It is not that I think that my son won't goof off.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 1:00pm
I believe it's also possible to hook earphones up to the newer tvs so it could be quiet for the one studying.

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