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Good observations. I see things in sort of the opposite way, so let's compare. I feel that commercials are the evil twin of TV entertainment, especially when they're aimed at kids, especially when they appear between kids' shows. I don't want to indoctrinate consumerism into my kids' heads; there's plenty of opportunity elsewhere. That's one reason why I ...


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This is of course very subjective, but one of the reasons I dislike TV is because of the advertisements. My kid starts asking for everything from snacks that she tries once and never touches again to expensive toys. I also think that finding new shows isn't necessarily an advantage, either. It starts out with just getting to watch one show a day, then she ...


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It sounds like you're generally taking the right tack on this - explaining your reasoning calmly. You don't give a lot of other details, so some of these may be what you're already doing, but here's what I'd do. What you might want to do as the next step, if you're not already doing this, is let your child know when, or under what conditions, she will be ...


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TV overuse kills imagination Television provides an almost complete experience for us and our children. It provides images and sounds, which are probably the source of 90% of stimulai. When we watch tv we are fully immersed in it, but we are only the receivers. We do not add anything of our own to the experience. When a child watches TV, it is actually not ...


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Personally, my kids watch more DVDs than live TV. But they watch on-demand programming (via Netflix) way more than either of those options. So my take on the pros and cons: Schedule: With live TV, you have to revolve your schedule around the show you want to watch. Dinosaur train comes on at 11:30? Ok, now you have to actually be home at 11:30 to see it. ...


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We actually don't watch a lot of TV at my house (we had our cable turned off as my husband and I felt most of our favorite shows were available on netflix and we didn't mind waiting a season or two and getting stuff late - why pay when you don't have to?) That means we don't have access to all the newest stuff, but, we borrow a lot of Bill Nye from the ...


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In this particular instance, Irene Adler only appears in two of the episodes (according to imdb), although she is mentioned more often, and if I remember correctly, only "A Scandal in Belgravia" (season 2 episode 1) had a lot of objectionable content (you can review to make sure). Personally, I would allow her to watch the other episodes, and just skip that ...


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Many fully-grown adults require a certain amount of noise to sleep (hence the sleep function on your TV and on many alarm clocks that include a radio function as well). I did find one study (and admittedly only read the abstract) that showed that background music can result in delayed sleep and sleep with less depth. However, the study was more focused on ...


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We've found that giving the kids a 5 and 2 minute warning whenever the activity is changing helps make the transition much smoother. Doesn't matter if we are talking about swimming, playing outside, games or any number of other activities they just seem to be able to let go much easier when they know the change is imminent. For TV, we either allow them to ...


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Here is my revised answer to your question: Without conducting a study of my own or writing a post-graduate level research paper on the topic, it is hard to answer the questions you have asked. As a parent who got fed up with her children's heroin-like addiction to the zombifying effects of television and promptly cancelled our cable TV subscription, I am ...


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Acknowledge her desire to watch it. Talk to her about why she wants to watch it - what is it about the series that she wants to see so much. Then tell her that it is not for her age range. In the UK it is shown "after the watershed" - after 9pm - which means it is for adults, with adult themes and language. (Dr Who is shown at about 6:30pm for example). ...


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The particular episode of Sherlock you are concerned about also alludes to lesbian intercourse, which might raise more questions than a dominatrix, and features male and female nudity, with a central narrative of blackmail using explicit images. I image I'd feel uncomfortable watching it with a daughter, but I've watched it with my 8yo son and he just dealt ...


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Is looking at a computer monitor the same as viewing the TV? Depends on what is on the computer monitor. What about Participating in games on the computer or on a gaming system? This is more active than the passive act of watching TV, so marginally better for the gray matter--though note that plenty of games are 'barely' active. How about ...


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It doesn't sound too serious so do consider if you want to press the issue. If you do, try a couple of things. Let her stay over at friends. Make sure they know beforehand not to give in on the TV-demand. "Sorry dear, that's not how we do things in this house!". See how she fares. This will tell you if it's a physical necessity or behaviour that she can ...



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