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Heidi Scrimgeour writer
Heidi Scrimgeour
Freelance scribe. Mother x2.
County Antrim

2 experts and 7 parents have answered

Anthony Flower
Anthony Flower Father of three & web developer Christchurch, GB

Getting rid of our TV (well moving it to our room tbh) was one of the best decisions we ever made, it was so liberating for the kids!

Their TV time was heavily restricted anyway but they craved it, and when it was on they just sat there staring at it, practically worshipping the damn thing!

It was tough at first, a lot of anger for a few days, but quickly it just became the norm.

They have iPads, games, toys, musical instruments, literally hundreds of children's books, the garden etc. etc. really no excuse to miss it and now they don't.

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Experience 4 years ago
Stuart Carter
Stuart Carter Tech-loving London dad Bexley, GB

With computers and tablets and smartphones all around our house I think MY children would barely notice if the TV was gone.

I think the only thing not having a TV will change is that they might not be quite as clued up about the latest fads in music and entertainment - I leave it up to you to decide if that's a good or bad thing, Heidi... ;-)

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Opinion 4 years ago
Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

Please don't take away my TV, Heidi. How would I play my Xbox games? Waaa

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Priya Desai expert
Priya Desai Speech and Language Therapist London, GB
Language expert

I don't think he will miss out as we are now able to access so much TV on computers and tablets. And on a positive, you can now use this lost TV time to get creative, play games, play outside, which are all SO important for children and their personal development, both physical and cognitive.

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Opinion 4 years ago
mangai arasi
mangai arasi teacher handling english Chennai International Airport, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

When we allow the children to play, they won't miss much. Also go back to story telling - whatever devices there be nothing is equivalent to that art. Even hobbies like drawing, origami make them vibrant. please try these.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Andrew Weekes expert
Andrew Weekes Techy engineer, father of two. Sevenoaks, GB
Technology expert

Good question, with the increasing availability of catch up services plus the ability to watch live TV via the internet (e.g. ) anything they might miss is easily available.

I suspect the biggest issue will be peer related pressure from missing programs that friends have watched.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Heidi Scrimgeour writer
Heidi Scrimgeour Freelance scribe. Mother x2. County Antrim

Twenty days later and thus far into the no-TV experiment I don't feel at all inclined to replace it!

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Experience 4 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon Editor-in-chief of Kent, UK

I honestly think my kids wouldn't miss the TV except for the occasional family time we have watching a film or new Futurama. If we got rid of the HUGE box taking up a corner of the living room, they could still watch/interact with a number of different screens. My daughter (11) watches trash anyway, so we make her watch it on her iPad so we don't have to suffer (we're nice like that), my boys are way more interested in Minecraft (also playable on the iPad), although I have to confess there is a second TV in their playroom which has my son's X-box attached. They would miss that, but that isn't linked up to receive TV shows, it's more of a monitor for the console.

Screen entertainment aside, they play in the garden, wrestle (sigh, boys...), make things out of Lego, put on little plays for us, dress up, play with the dogs, read and so on...

So to answer your question, Heidi, if they have other forms of entertainment (which don't have to be screen-based! Books, games, dressing up stuff, toys etc - which I'm sure they already have!) then I'm sure they have all you need.

Great to read it's still going well two weeks on!

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Experience 4 years ago
Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

No, I don't think it will hurt them. They might THINK it is hurting them, but it will be better for them.

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Opinion 3 years ago

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