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2013-02-18 05:22:38 PM
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

So ... more vchip bs? Did that thing actually do anything?
 
2013-02-18 05:30:22 PM
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

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2013-02-18 05:53:16 PM
I grew up with MacGyver, Mr. Rogers, Star Trek TNG the A-Team. So, I learned that a combination of teamwork and self-reliance is the key to being a decent human.

Oh, and even if you fire 47,000 rounds at the bad guys, you'll only ever shoot out their tires.
 
2013-02-18 06:53:07 PM
Shows like DBZ teach all you need to know about success: yell loudly and do pushups.
 
2013-02-18 06:54:48 PM
I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.
 
2013-02-18 06:57:23 PM

RoyHobbs22: I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.


Just get her a chain mesh arm guard+apron and a plastic face guard. Then let her go crazy with a nice 9" chef's knife.
 
2013-02-18 06:58:47 PM
The important part is, no matter what program you show them, to keep showing them commercials that make them question their trust in their parents.
 
2013-02-18 07:03:48 PM
If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.
 
2013-02-18 07:05:23 PM
www.dvdactive.com
 
2013-02-18 07:05:31 PM
If the desired behavior is for them to think eating is fun and buying things is the road to happiness, yes.
 
2013-02-18 07:08:18 PM
There is a reason why kids love action (violent) shows. Children have the basic need to see fantasies play out in front of them. Aside from that, violent shows are fun to watch because they bring excitement, thrills, and adventure to an otherwise bland world. As a kid, there's no other underlying reason as to why you'd want to watch certain shows. You haven't reached the "groupie" stage yet where you're supposed to pick sides. You only do, listen, or watch things just because you want to.

Not every kid is dumb. Just because you let them watch violent shows doesn't mean they'll immediately become evil people, as if they are sponges that absorbed all the brutal acts that they've just seen and they're ready to do it to others. If you guide them properly, as in tell them about the consequences of doing such acts in the real world, then no matter what they watch, they won't do those things in real life because they'll know what happens next.

On the other hand, there are also those devious kids whom no matter how much you try to explain and talk sense into them, they'll only pretend to understand what you say, but in reality they already have set their minds into doing nasty and hurtful stuff.

You have to know your kids and analyze what kind of character they truly have. Are they mischievous liars or are they simply kids who love violence but can be trusted to not do those things in real life?

The world is already full of violent media but we don't see kids running around the street with knives and guns trying to kill everyone. This just means that violent media alone doesn't mold your kids, with good guidance you can set kids on the socially acceptable "correct" path. If you leave them alone and not correct them, then you can't blame tv. Other parents/guardians can do it, why can't you? Maybe you just happen to have the naturally naughty type of kid that needs extra special attention.
 
2013-02-18 07:09:06 PM
I think it depends on your definition of good behavior. I've found that if I just want my children to be quiet, and mindlessly gaze at a box for hours on end, TV does the trick. (It's the shutting off of the TV that engenders the tantrums in that case.)

However, if I want my children to politely and courteously interact with other humans, TV has not shown itself to be all that useful.

If I want them to be able to think about and solve problems without being saved by someone (Micky Mouse, Dora, etc.) who gives them the answer after a brief pause, then again, TV's not so helpful.

TV is good at teaching children story patterns (beginning, middle, end; rise of action, climax, resolution), so there's that, but only if you have good programming.
 
2013-02-18 07:10:19 PM

J. Frank Parnell: If the desired behavior is for them to think eating is fun and buying things is the road to happiness, yes.


well it is
 
2013-02-18 07:11:18 PM
Watching television has taught me that all problems can be resolved in 60 minutes and that no matter how dire an illness becomes, the afflicted party will either miraculously recover or die and be reborn through a bizarre twist of fate.
 
2013-02-18 07:12:53 PM

SpdrJay: Watching television has taught me that all problems can be resolved in 60 minutes and that no matter how dire an illness becomes, the afflicted party will either miraculously recover or die and be reborn through a bizarre twist of fate.


the dragon reborn starring Rand Al'THor!!
 
2013-02-18 07:17:41 PM
There she is, the old Radiation King. You'd park yourself right there and watch for hours on end!

fast1.onesite.com
 
2013-02-18 07:19:31 PM
My kids don't like TV. They like Netflix though. And they love watching Mario, Sonic, Kirby, and Minecraft gameplay videos on Youtube.
 
2013-02-18 07:21:19 PM

SpdrJay: Watching television has taught me that all problems can be resolved in 60 minutes and that no matter how dire an illness becomes, the afflicted party will either miraculously recover or die and be reborn through a bizarre twist of fate from the deleterious side effects of a medication touted in one of the commercials.


/...or have offspring with the head of a golden retriever
 
2013-02-18 07:26:20 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.


As long as they don't emulate Curious George.

/farker gets away with everything.
 
2013-02-18 07:27:14 PM

Zoidfarb: AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.

As long as they don't emulate Curious George.

/farker gets away with everything.


LOL
 
2013-02-18 07:29:01 PM
So why didn't my parents get me in a study where I got to watch the TV?  Lucky test kids!
 
2013-02-18 07:32:57 PM
It certainly improves their behavior while they stare at it slack jawed and drooling.

They're barely any trouble at all while they're doing that.
 
2013-02-18 07:36:04 PM
I'd take my chances with the power rangers, over the government controlled PBS.
 
2013-02-18 07:38:02 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.


Yeah, sadly my wife is emulating Caillou's mom....

www.caillou.cc
 
2013-02-18 07:44:51 PM

doglover: RoyHobbs22: I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.

Just get her a chain mesh arm guard+apron and a plastic face guard. Then let her go crazy with a nice 9" chef's knife.


Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.

Eh...I guess the whole electrictity and metal thing could pose a probl- ah fark it. Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.
 
2013-02-18 07:44:57 PM

fat_free: AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.

Yeah, sadly my wife is emulating Caillou's mom....

[www.caillou.cc image 633x475]


Sweet, patient, and kind? I could go for that.
 
2013-02-18 07:47:25 PM

megarian: doglover: RoyHobbs22: I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.

Just get her a chain mesh arm guard+apron and a plastic face guard. Then let her go crazy with a nice 9" chef's knife.

Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.

Eh...I guess the whole electrictity and metal thing could pose a probl- ah fark it. Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.


It exists I assure you.
 
2013-02-18 07:51:03 PM
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We USED to have decent children's television... then HE came.  The Red Menace.
 
2013-02-18 07:51:08 PM

megarian: doglover: RoyHobbs22: I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.

Just get her a chain mesh arm guard+apron and a plastic face guard. Then let her go crazy with a nice 9" chef's knife.

Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.

Eh...I guess the whole electrictity and metal thing could pose a probl- ah fark it. Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.


Nah, there's something called skin effect, where the current only carries over the outer layer. The skin effect penetrates much less with metal than with, well, skin.
 
2013-02-18 07:52:52 PM
Old TVs make for great target practice. The new one, not so much. Turn the dogdamned thing off, you morons, and interact with your kids.
 
2013-02-18 07:58:45 PM

sxacho: My kids don't like TV. They like Netflix though. And they love watching Mario, Sonic, Kirby, and Minecraft gameplay videos on Youtube.


If you've not seen it yet, Paulsoaresjr has an excellent kid-friendly minecraft channel on YouTube. A bunch of "Let's Play..." stuff, tutorials, a "Minecraft Dad" series with 100+ episodes. He also does a family "Survival Island" series with him, his wife, and his three kids. He runs a family-friendly SMP server, but I doubt there's any slots open. He keeps it clean, and tries to teach his kids about teamwork... though those lessons aren't really sinking in with his youngest.
 
2013-02-18 08:00:59 PM

fat_free: AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.

Yeah, sadly my wife is emulating Caillou's mom....


Caillou gives me cancer.
 
2013-02-18 08:02:08 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.


Also, Caillou is a whiner. He's going to grow up to be a biatch.
 
2013-02-18 08:02:25 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: fat_free: AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.

Yeah, sadly my wife is emulating Caillou's mom....

[www.caillou.cc image 633x475]

Sweet, patient, and kind? I could go for that.


I was always hoping for more of the Jessica Rabbit type, actually.
 
2013-02-18 08:05:25 PM
You know what is even better for their behavior? If they go outside to play with other kids and tire themselves out while learning how to interact with human beings.
 
2013-02-18 08:05:57 PM
For PBS kids, though, I'd have to go with Aviva from "Wild Kratts" or Teacher Suzy from "Sid The Science Kid".
 
2013-02-18 08:14:05 PM
Those who avoid mass social programming will be ostracized (by and for) their lack of relevant pop-culturalism.

Class, please now segregate into separate economic and social groups based on media consumption, of which none and all respect the lack of fact.

As a side note to the primary head of household, please consume the necessary amount of vitamin tv so as to help inoculate yourself and your children against unwanted cultural deficiencies.
 
2013-02-18 08:22:26 PM

UsikFark: megarian: doglover: RoyHobbs22: I force my daughter to watch The Cooking Channel constantly in the hopes she will start cooking me gourmet meals.  She is showing promise but really need to work on her knife skills, she is 22 months old.

Just get her a chain mesh arm guard+apron and a plastic face guard. Then let her go crazy with a nice 9" chef's knife.

Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.

Eh...I guess the whole electrictity and metal thing could pose a probl- ah fark it. Someone needs to make chain mesh baby clothing.

Nah, there's something called skin effect, where the current only carries over the outer layer. The skin effect penetrates much less with metal than with, well, skin.


Well then.... Now there is no excuse.
 
2013-02-18 08:22:28 PM
I've never had behavioral problems with my kids, 7 and 4. We don't have cable, but they watch tons of movies and DVDs, some pleasant and cutesy, but a fair amount of LOTR, Star Wars, etc. I think those kinds of shows fuel the imagination and give kids an outlet, but I also watch them with them and we discuss them. I'm willing to bet parental involvement is more crucial to this equation than actual content.
 
2013-02-18 08:28:38 PM
netflix.hs.llnwd.net

WARNING: This show is addicting.

/yes, it's hot.
 
2013-02-18 08:32:50 PM

weemonkey: WARNING: This show is addicting.

/yes, it's hot.


Best musical guests EVAR!
 
2013-02-18 08:33:51 PM

weemonkey: WARNING: This show is addicting.

/yes, it's hot.


*clicks profile*

Holy fark.
 
2013-02-18 08:37:22 PM
"I think it's fabulous that people are looking on the positive side. Because no one's going to stop watching TV, we have to have viable alternatives for kids," said Dr. Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston.

i sue this guy for changing my name to 'no one'? doesn't he need power of attorney to legally change my name or some crap?
 
2013-02-18 08:39:03 PM

megarian: fat_free: AverageAmericanGuy: If you can get them to emulate Caillou, you're golden.

Yeah, sadly my wife is emulating Caillou's mom....

Caillou gives me cancer.


That goddamn song gives my ears cancer.
 
2013-02-18 08:51:54 PM

GreenSun: There is a reason why kids love action (violent) shows. Children have the basic need to see fantasies play out in front of them are mean little bastids who learn their life skills from those programs.


FTFY
 
2013-02-18 09:14:43 PM
hah we have this WAY back before any of my friends had kids or knew anything about them who had a kid. He would put his infant daughter in a beanbag chair to watch tv (like, whatever the adults were watching). I didn't think that was the best parenting then but now I realize how messed up it was. Poor girl didn't walk until she was two and still can't talk (she is four). Way to never give her a chance...

I don't have kids, but when I do I hope I can somehow make it to their second birthdays without plopping them in front of the TV. Plopping them in front of pots and pans, in a mud hole, in a pile of stuffed animals sure- but hopefully not tv.
 
2013-02-18 09:40:01 PM

spidermilk: hah we have this WAY back before any of my friends had kids or knew anything about them who had a kid. He would put his infant daughter in a beanbag chair to watch tv (like, whatever the adults were watching). I didn't think that was the best parenting then but now I realize how messed up it was. Poor girl didn't walk until she was two and still can't talk (she is four). Way to never give her a chance...

I don't have kids, but when I do I hope I can somehow make it to their second birthdays without plopping them in front of the TV. Plopping them in front of pots and pans, in a mud hole, in a pile of stuffed animals sure- but hopefully not tv.


wat
 
2013-02-18 09:41:11 PM
TV has a place in kid's lives, but it's important that parents control how much and what kind of TV their kids watch.

spidermilk: I don't have kids, but when I do I hope I can somehow make it to their second birthdays without plopping them in front of the TV. Plopping them in front of pots and pans, in a mud hole, in a pile of stuffed animals sure- but hopefully not tv.


What you don't realize is your kid isn't usually going to stay with the pots and pans, the mud hole or with the animals. They'll ever move on to cause chaos elsewhere in the house, or they'll go find you and make you play with them. Often, that isn't bad. But there are times when even the best parent needs to know their kid is engaged with something that keeps them happy and in one place.
 
2013-02-18 09:50:49 PM

Krieghund: TV has a place in kid's lives, but it's important that parents control how much and what kind of TV their kids watch.

spidermilk: I don't have kids, but when I do I hope I can somehow make it to their second birthdays without plopping them in front of the TV. Plopping them in front of pots and pans, in a mud hole, in a pile of stuffed animals sure- but hopefully not tv.

What you don't realize is your kid isn't usually going to stay with the pots and pans, the mud hole or with the animals. They'll ever move on to cause chaos elsewhere in the house, or they'll go find you and make you play with them. Often, that isn't bad. But there are times when even the best parent needs to know their kid is engaged with something that keeps them happy and in one place.


^^^

Yeah. Like when you try to cook, clean, do homework, get the mail, clean up the last thing they did...

/has 5 nephews under 4.
//sees a ombunation of at least 2 if them per day
 
2013-02-18 09:51:26 PM

megarian: Krieghund: TV has a place in kid's lives, but it's important that parents control how much and what kind of TV their kids watch.

spidermilk: I don't have kids, but when I do I hope I can somehow make it to their second birthdays without plopping them in front of the TV. Plopping them in front of pots and pans, in a mud hole, in a pile of stuffed animals sure- but hopefully not tv.

What you don't realize is your kid isn't usually going to stay with the pots and pans, the mud hole or with the animals. They'll ever move on to cause chaos elsewhere in the house, or they'll go find you and make you play with them. Often, that isn't bad. But there are times when even the best parent needs to know their kid is engaged with something that keeps them happy and in one place.

^^^

Yeah. Like when you try to cook, clean, do homework, get the mail, clean up the last thing they did...

/has 5 nephews under 4.
//sees a ombunation of at least 2 if them per day


*combination

/add "drink" to my list
 
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