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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Keep Television Out of Your Young Child’s Bedroom

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“Should I get my child their own television for their room?”  Whenever I am asked this question my answer is always a resounding “Absolutely not!”

I say this because:

  • Using a TV for reward or punishment gives television too much importance.
  • Watching TV as a family allows parents to monitor programs, and limit length of time spent in front of the TV.
  • Watching programs together gives parents the opportunity to start conversations on what they see.  For example, “What would you have done if you were that child?”
  • Watching together allows parents to look for programs that can excite your child’s interests, and encourage reading (a story dramatization, wildlife or nature adventures, science, or history programs.) 
  • Having a television in your child’s bedroom can over stimulate your child and delay needed sleep.  (“Just five minutes more please"…)
  • American children watch an average of 3 to 5 hours of TV each day.  In my opinion this is 2-4 hours too much!

For a young child TV time can be fun and even educational. However, letting a young child watch unsupervised television for hours on end is a bad idea.


#1 Catrina 2009-12-27 07:13
I don't care what other parents say, my kids have a T.V in their room and have done since the day they were born and will always have their own T.V.However, they are limited to 3 hours a day and half the time they are playing outside or reading. My 8 year old prefers to read at night instead of watch T.V

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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?