? about tv, video games

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Registered: 04-14-2003
? about tv, video games
Tue, 07-01-2003 - 9:31pm
hi there,

My son is 9 yrs old and has ADHD. He's on concerta, which

seems to be helping. I read a book by a neuro-pychiatrist

that said tv and video games make it worse for children with

ADD because of the breaks in between (like tv commericals).

It had something to do with jumping back and forth from the

tv program to commercials. I forgot to ask my son's doctor

about this and his next appointment is in Aug. Have any of

you heard about this? I would love to use this as a reason

to cut back on tv when he sleeps at grandma's. LOL, I really

don't need a reason but if I tell her the doctor said, then

his word is gold to her.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-02-2003 - 9:58pm
I have never heard this theory. Kids with ADHD LOVE TV and VIDEO Games, because they are fast paced, and exciting visually and sound wise. Kids with ADHD crave stimulation and excitement. I don't believe that TV or Video games make it worse for them. I don't think any child needs a lot of tv or video games--they should be used in moderation regardless of ADHD or not. Why not tell grandma the truth? You just don't want him sitting in front of the tv all the time. I'd say that, regardless of ADHD or not.
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 10:52pm
I haven't heard anything about TV or video games being damaging, but I do know people who have said, "My child can't have ADD, because when s/he is watching TV or playing Nintendo they are totally focused." The fact is that these mediums provide the kinds of stimuli that hold these kids' attention, so it's not an accurate way to measure their attention spans. Also those changes from program to commercials holds their attention because the changes happen every 5-8 minutes, I think it is?

I do limit my kids' electronics time, because if I let them watch/play whenever they wanted they would sit and veg indefinitely. To me I would think the big negative would be them turning into couch potatoes and their little brains turning to mush. LOL




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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 07-05-2003 - 7:44am
I know that my DS tends to 'hyper-focus' when he's playing video games or watching TV (especially cartoons) and it makes me crazy ... which is why I severely limit the amount of TV he watches and we do NOT have a Playstation or Game Cube or any other type of video game in our home. I'm sure there's a corelation between these things, but I personally don't care. I know how it affects my kid, so I've made the decision to limit it. So, if you want your DS watching less TV, tell your mom that's what YOU want. I know my parents tend to over-indulge my kids and not necessarily follow my wishes (I guess that's a grandparent-thing) but at least let your wishes and preferences be known.



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Registered: 04-29-2003
Wed, 07-09-2003 - 10:10am
Just a little humor to lighten your (and everyone else's!) stressful life. . .I have this daydream frequently where I could somehow learn to talk like those "broadcasters" on TV commercials!! Wouldn't that be hilarious?? Imagine standing in front of your child saying (in this big booming enthusiastic voice) "Heeeeyyyy Steve, ever thought about cleaning that room?? Well now's the time! And if you decide to take on this mission, you'll be eligible to win these wonderful prizes. . ."

Talk about attention-getting!! We should all take acting classes!! :o)

Edited 7/11/2003 5:03:16 PM ET by kellystee