Is kids' TV bad for kids? I've been wondering that for a while now, even before I was pregnant. This stems from having to sit through annoying Disney channel stuff at a friend's house for like 3 hours straight.
I'm probably the only one who can't stand the programming. It's usually some smarmy tween with idiot parents and really bad, over-the-top acting. Or else it seems like some of the characters are nasty or just have attitude, or are as stupid as patio furniture (thinking of a certain sponge here).
Yes I know parents complain about the violence in some children's cartoons, but that's not what I'm talking about here. My friend's 4-year-old daughter in particular has been giving her mom attitude, like putting her hand on her hip and saying "whatever." My friend is convinced that she learned it from TV, since she doesn't hang around older girls. And don't even get me started on the Slutz, I mean, Bratz dolls. Who buys those things (I'm sure some of you have to end that embarrassing temper tantrum in the store!).
And to harken back to the good old days of Tom and Jerry, why can't cartoon characters just beat the hell out of each other over and over again?
So far we don't let SoJo watch TV. I'm not a fanatic, but I don't believe that babies need TV (then again, who does?). He's occupied by so many other things in the world, and I've noticed if the TV happens to be on, he tunes out everything around him. During the day I play music or have silence. In the evenings we don't really watch anything. Come to think of it, why do we still have very basic cable anyway? Oh yeah, for Lost and football.
We'll see what happens when he gets older. I know I can be naive about raising a baby, and some of you probably swear by the TV as a temporary babysitter in a moment of desperation. I'm hoping my desperation doesn't end on that street.
Next week I'll be ranting about the princess/diva thing!