Let's be honest, kids destroy stuff often. It's nice to give Bobby the Nintendo paradise he's always wanted in his room, but chances are that 19" LCD will see it's demise at the hands of a game of Wii Bowling. So at what age is it the right time to give the little ones a TV in their room? And what size and kind (read: how expensive?) of TV?
Is it ok, in your opinion, to give a toddler the old hand-me-down set in the garage for an in-room TV for watching Sesame Street? Should your tweenager (11- to 13-year-old) have a cable-ready flat screen? There are a million questions and considerations when making the decision to give your kids their own set.
I know families that elect to give their kids a small, inexpensive TV in their room that—for parental control—is connected to only a gaming system and a DVD player. They leave the access to the cable TV for the easily-supervisable family room.
Some might think letting kids watch a little bit of supervised educational TV programming when they're keeping busy in ther own spaces can't be a bad thing. But then there's the belief that keeping a TV in a child's room might hinder learning.
What do you think? For those of you with kids, when (if ever) did you let them have their own TVs? Did they have full reign over the airwaves? Or just a spot to play a game? Tell us in the somments!
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