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How can I baby-proof my 75" TV?

I have a 10 month old son. He's able to stand on his own and crawl, and his favorite place to be is at the TV stand. I have a 75" TV in a place he can unfortunately reach. There is no possible ...
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Scheduling TV for a Two Year Old

I'll preface this question with the fact that my wife and I followed best practices for the first 18 months or so of our son's life - no screen time. I've heard both 18 and 24 months being the ...
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Can a 3-month-old baby get addicted to TV?

I know that watching TV is bad for kids and babies, but sometimes I would carry my baby in my arm and then sit down to watch some TV programmes (typically for an hour everyday). I believe that TV is ...
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At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?

At what age should a child be introduced to the TV?
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Is it usual for a child to cry while watching cartoons?

When my niece was young, she would cry while watching sad bits of a cartoon. Maybe the princess was in danger or something, and she would get emotional and empathize deeply enough to shed tears. I ...
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My toddler wants to watch the same shows over and over

My son (2 and a half) watches about 3-6 hours of television a week at home (usually closer to 3 than 6). However, most of that time is spent watching the same shows or movies time and time again. We ...
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Should I encourage/persuade my 3 year old to watch kids TV shows that she finds scary or upsetting?

My 3 year old daughter is quite sensitive and empathetic, and subsequently finds some of the kids TV shows aimed at her age group too scary, worrying or upsetting to watch. Even televised productions ...
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How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?

I don't have enough space to explain my reasoning. I just don't want my daughter to be influenced by the media or the general opinions of "society". My daughter is a baby in my womb. I've decided no ...
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How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?

I feel there is a conflict between these two aspects: Kids talk about current trends, and they talk about what's on television right now. I'm guessing that if a child can't participate in this, he ...
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Amount of screen time appropriate for a baby?

My husband and I are determined to keep our daughter's exposure to electronic devices/screens as little as possible. She is almost ten months old and we only entertain her with physical toys, physical ...
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How to talk to 4 year old children about action scenes in movies?

My 4-year-old twins like to watch TV shows occasionally that have a bit of action in them. My kid's favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." My husband is concerned that it's a little too ...
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How many hours of television per day are acceptable for a pre-schooler?

I'm aware that TV should be avoided at all, if possible. However, my daughter likes it and when she watches TV we have the chance of doing some cooking, housekeeping, etc. So, what's an acceptable ...
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Is there any consensus among researchers concerning the effects of watching television and the likes for a child's development?

I've tried to find out whether or not TV-watching is harmful or not for a child's development but haven't really found any good sources. Any tips on studies etc highly appreciated.
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Is TV harmful to my infant's development?

My wife and I use our TV to watch shows and streaming movies. Our 2 month old daughter is sometimes drawn to the TV and will turn her head towards it and will 'focus' on it. I know that their eye ...
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Is it reasonable/common for a daycare to show TV shows during the day?

My son is 18-months-old and he is in a daycare room with kids 16-months to 2.5 years. Most days when I pick him up they are watching TV. The shows range from somewhat educational (Dora, Sesame St.) ...
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Do babies who watch TV start speaking late?

Our baby girl just less than two years old but she can't speak like other babies of the same age. We are not worried about this, but we have a question. My baby girl understand everything, but when ...
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Reducing TV time for toddler?

There are similar Questions around Like this and this But they dont entirely help me.. I'm pursuing Post graduation and my exams are around. My little one is a three year old restless girl who shows ...
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Is it too dangerous for my 2-year-old son to watch YouTube on the iPad for hours?

There are a few questions about the iPad, but I am interested in knowing if such a habit has bad impacts on my son. He watches YouTube for hours and hours. I can't deny that he has learned some good ...
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9 month old watching Telly

My 9 month old daughter seems to have got a great liking for ABC Videos and nursery rhymes from youtube. Lately she has been watching these ABC Videos and rhymes continuously for couple of hrs! She ...
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Should a 18 month old be allowed to watch any videos online?

My wife and I know the dangers of too much exposure to television and videos for young children, that is why we restrict the amount of time our kids spend watching them. But these days my wife is ...
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Strategies to reduce computer game interest

We have a moderately strict rule about electronics time at the house -- as long as their homework, chores, or other responsibilities are finished, each kid gets to play a computer or video game for an ...
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Is there any scientific evidence for TV being intrinsically harmful to children, or is it the loss of what TV replaces that is harmful?

It’s commonly accepted that responsible parents should regulate children’s amount of TV time closely. Is this because there is something particularly problematic about the actual act of watching ...
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My 7 month old son is intensely attracted to screens

My 7-month-old son has an intense attraction to TV screens and likes to put the TV remote in his mouth more than the toys we have bought him. He shows huge enthusiasm to sit in front of my MacBook ...
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Is there a way to "immunize" or "desensitivize" children against TV and YouTube?

My wife, my two daughters (2 yo and 7 yo), and I live with my parents and my grandmother. I don't really watch TV myself, but my parents and my grandmother are used to having the TV on when having ...
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What exactly is the problem with the Television?

I know it is recommended that kids not watch TV till they are at least two years old, and even then that TV viewing be pretty minimal. However, I wonder what are the actual detriments to kids older ...
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Is Television appropriate for meal times?

I grew up eating in front of the TV, watching kids programs, while my parents and, much elder, brother watched news or quiz programs in the neighboring room. On Weekends we all ate around the same ...
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Why do kids pick up on violence in cartoons/movies?

Why is it that children seem to pick up and mimic even the tiniest examples violence on TV? It's like a golden beacon of what not to do and they seem to be just magnetized towards it. Let me try to ...
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5 year old loved wildlife documentary but was very upset by dead animals

I sat down with my 5 year old son to watch a wildlife documentary. Normaly he is interested in cars and trucks so I thought I'd try something different. I picked the latest BBC David Attenborough ...
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How to get preschoolers to interact with me over the TV?

I'm a godfather/honorary uncle to a number of preschoolers. They get excited about my visits and mostly prefer to play with me. However, during my longer (8 hours to few days long) visits they will ...
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Is it too late to stop my 8 month infant to stop watching TV

It all started when she was only a few month old: my in-laws always put her in front of the TV and sometimes for a long period of time. Today I read how bad it is for the child's brain and for the ...
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What age to show my children the film, Threads [closed]

Back in the UK schools screened to teenage children the film Threads to teach them about the futility and horror of nuclear war. I think all today's children should have the same trauma imposed on ...
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How can I stop my toddler from playing with electronic appliances?

My kid is always trying to play with the home-theater which is under the TV. How can I stop him and how to protect the equipment (is there any cover available to keep children away for touching the ...
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What's the long-term effect on a child being accustomed to sleeping with the TV on?

The TV is outside my 12-year-old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
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What order should my child watch Baby Einstein?

I just got the 26 DVD Baby Einstein collection for my little one and I'm a little surprised that there is no recommended viewing order. I can't imagine that learning numbers, colors, sounds, etc. are ...
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TV shows for toddlers that don't teach bad gender and race dynamics

My daughter is almost 1 and for various reasons outside the scope of this question, I like putting on TV shows that she'll watch on and off while she's playing. My current options are things available ...
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What TV shows are wholesome for primary-schoolers?

I am looking for good television shows for a seven-to-eight-year-old. Of course, "good" is very vague, so I'll give some examples of what I consider not good, and, while many of you will differ and ...
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What is a better approach than "mum with the carrot, dad with the stick"?

It seems to me that "mum with the carrot, dad with the stick" is a very bad approach, at least for me (dad) as the kids (the 3.5-year-old mainly) are behaving very badly especially with me! What is ...
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Raising polyglot children through television - a reliable method?

Doing some research on strategies for raising polyglot children, I stepped on this paper (not peer-reviewed) on academia.edu. Also available here. It suggests that through television it is possible ...
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My 4yo son is addicted to cartoons. Do I need to forcefully control his watching habits or should I let him watch?

My son is almost 4yo, too much addicted to cartoons, in fact he started repeating the accent and copying attitudes as well. Is it common behaviour in pre school kids? Do I need to forcefully control ...
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How can I keep a 14 month old busy at some activity for longer than 3 minutes

Our boy loses interest in any activity - playing with toys /playing with us/mock singing/you-name-it very soon The only exception is watching TV (which can go on for 30 minutes uninterrupted) and he ...
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What can I do to encourage my 12 year old son to enjoy productive activities?

I have a 12 year old son who if completely left up to his own devices, will spend almost all of his free time doing one of two things, playing casual computer games, and watching TV. I would like to ...
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How to explain the "brutal" ways of wildlife and nature to a kid and when?

I would like to expose my kid to a lot of different animals quite early on (starting from 2-3 years), mostly through telling them about it and showing photos/pictures. Even though screen would be ...
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Should I expose them to cartoons of the past?

I grew up with Tom & Jerry classics (e.g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCpdjaT46DY) which I find really healthy and full of simple and pure emotions. I personally feel that cartoons of today are ...
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Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?

My 2 years old daughter love to watch TV so we let her do that sometimes. We always ask her to sit on the couch which is ~2 meters away from the TV and she do that, however after few minutes she will ...
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Impact on kids NOT having TV?

My question is, could it be bad, in some way, for a child to not have cable/satellite television? My husband and I are thinking about children soon. We haven't had cable hooked up in 6 or 7 years and ...
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How important is the quality of the content of 3D animations made for toddlers?

I am a mother with a children at 2 years old and I am looking for nursery rhymes animations to share with my little one. In this question, my problem is expressed regarding the quality of the ...
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Cartoons in a language that neither parent speaks?

I have a nephew who is taught both English and Kartuli in school, and speaks both well. He also speaks pretty good Russian, but has no formal education and does not speak much to his family in the ...
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What are the merits of TV vs DVD?

We allow our 3-year-old daughter to watch a certain amount of TV, and she has a few favorite shows: Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly, etc. We have a lot of satellite channels, so the TV is usually showing ...
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Best age for watching "Once Upon a Time..."-like series

I have 3-4 full series of "Once Upon a Time...", for example "Once Upon a Time... Life". I played it to my 5 years old daughter and she didn't find it interesting. That isn't much surprising for me, ...
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What television shows could I show my toddlers to encourage multilingual learning?

I have been brought up in a multi-lingual environment and I consider it essential to raise my children the same way. I have done so by buying English, German, Dutch and French books. My idea is that ...