Originally Posted by valanhb
Just goes to show that you can find a "scientific study" to support any claim you want to make.
I think a more accurate statement than either Newsweek's "TV is Good for Kids" or the editorial's "TV is Bad for Kids" would be something along these lines: "When TV is used as a babysitter and there is little to no parental monitoring of the age appropriateness of the material viewed, as well as discussion following the viewing of programs and reinforcement of educational shows, then TV can be bad for kids. However, TV is not inherently good or bad."
I see nothing wrong with children watching age appropriate programmes in moderation (ie. a few hours a day), supervised by an adult. I grew up doing this, and I don't have ADD, I'm not a couch potato or a TV addict, and I can't think of any other adverse effects that being allowed to watch TV has had on me. I still enjoy TV in moderation, and that's it. Obviously allowing your kids to watch 10 hours a day of whatever programmes they want, with no supervision, is not a good idea - but letting your kids do *anything* unsupervised and without guidelines for 10 hours a day is a bad idea, it's not just TV.
Also, I actually tend to think that completely denying your kids something (or severely restricting it) will make them *more* attracted to it as adults - for example, my mom was very, very cheap, very restrictive about money - I was rarely allowed to spend money; when I worked I had to save it all. Well, when I moved out and was able to make my own rules, I went completely nuts with it - finally, I could spend! - and while I've tried to get myself more under control now than I was when I first moved out, I still have a lot of problems controlling my spending. Similarly, I know a girl who's mother was extremely restrictive about 'junk food' and food in general while she was growing up, and yup, you guessed it, now she has overeating problems. Based on those experiences alone, I wouldn't want to be overly restrictive about TV, or get rid of it all together, if I had kids.