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What is Children’s TV teaching my Son?

Now believe me I am not anti TV, it is a great virtual babysitter when in fact you just have not got enough pairs of arms, need 10 minutes peace for sanity’s sake, or when confined to the house due to illness and you have have exhausted every toy and activity ,it is a great last resort, but seriously, does it get on my wick and annoy me sometimes? The ideas they put in their heads!


My son’s most favourite programmes are Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse Club house, Fireman Sam, Baby Einstein, Humf and most recently Jake and the Pirates.


Now, I have to say apart from being American, Mickey Mouse club house and Jake and the Pirates so far seem to have few flaws. They encourage learning, discuss shapes, counting and problem solving, BBis obsessed with Mickey and his birthday is in a couple of weeks and he wants a Mickey party and a Mickey cake! (I am going to have to get creative!)


But Peppa…I think I want to push her over! She has annoyed me lately. She has told my son to be scared of spiders…now I am not the biggest fan, but I am trying really hard to make BBrespect living creatures and their space and not to put my fears onto him. He would not have even known the word scared  if it hadn’t been because of her, and he has only recently stopped saying, ‘No mummy, I can’t do that, it scares me!’ Now Peppa being scared is one thing, but you would then expect Daddy pig to come in and say ‘Don’t be silly Peppa, it can’t hurt you,’ but no Daddy pig is scared and so is bloody Mummy pig!



George Pig doesn’t like anything food wise and says ‘Don’t like it all the time’ and cries when he doesn’t get his own way, and Humf won’t try things although they do try to encourage him to lick to taste!


As for Norman in Fireman Sam, well how can a child be so obnoxious and damn right naughty and get away with all the time! He is naughty every episode so it is not like he is learning not to be! Grrrrrrrr It makes me so cross. So why do I let him watch them? Well as far as programmes go, they are fairly harmless. Plus I want him to have his interests and likes, it is more for the fire engines than Norman. There is no bad language and at least they talk properly. Plus out of the not bad, but not so well thought through story lines…(I wonder if children’s programs have parent reviewers?) does actually emerge some excellent learning and understanding.

For example last week BBand I were doing some drawing he he was drawing lines and dots in different places this is how our conversation went:


Me : Wow BBthat’s cool, is that rain?


Noah: No Mummy, it’s music!


Me : (huh?) *stares at page and then realises he is attempting to draw musical notes*


Me: (Impressed Mummy) Well BBthat is clever, musical notes!


Noah: *Big sigh* No Mummy, that’s a chord!



Well, we are not a musical family at all, where on earth would he get something like that from? It must be Baby Einstein as it constantly talks about classical music. In addition he understands numbers so much more, and will notice animals when we visit the zoo that he knows what they are and I have not told him before. These programmes have also encouraged and improved his imagination and we are noticing that he will role play with his toys a whole lot more! it can be a little embarrassing when he asks me to chase the man that lives opposite us who walk his dog every day in a bright yellow jacket, because he thinks he is Fireman Sam, which is strange because Fireman Sam wears a blue jacket, but that’s my son for you.



So I think that I will have to grit my teeth and bear it when they put silly ideas in my little ones head and hope that I can turn them around because in actual fact I think TV does have a place when it comes to learning, if not used as the only tool in the box!

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15 comments to What is Children’s TV teaching my Son?

  • Liska

    brilliant thought provoking post and I agree with you xx

  • Mummy and the Beastie

    How clever is Noah saying chord?? you must have been amazed. I am not sure where they get some things from but Beastie goes to nursery 2 days a week so he has come out with some unexpected words from there. Including the other week when he came home from nursery and started trying to stick his fingers down his throat! what child was doing that?!

    I agree with some of the kids programmes, when I do occasionally pay attention, I sit there and think what are thinking putting this on? Especially as kids are like sponges, there's good and bad in tv!

    xx

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    Kids tv can be educational I find, but when the child gets older it can often be more influential than we really want it to be! For example, Amy, my 11 yo, watching a lot of American shows such as iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorias etc. and if you've ever seen them yourself, you'll know what I'm talking about. THEY ALL SHOUT AT EACH OTHER!!! They can't seem to have a conversation without arguing, bickering, falling out, punching each other and screaming blue murder. In a lot of the scenes it's just done in jest, but unfortunately, Amy is autistic and very literal-thinking. She assumes that all American kids in high school spend all day shouting and falling out with each other!! Not a good example in my opinion!

    CJ xx

  • Mrs R

    I totally agree with you. Peppa Pig never gets told off for being naughty and downright cheeky. And Norman Price – well he's in a whole other league!

    I like the Dora's and Little Einseins of tv world because they are learning programmes. My kids like Krypto the Super Dog and Baby Looney Tunes right now and there is a moral to the story, kind of. My daughter likes Frances which the rest of us can't stand. All of her wants and needs are pandered to.

    My kids wouldn't know about being scared of the dark, or any of that stuff because they heard about it on tv first. I suppose the shows are there so that kids who do feel that way know they're not alone and there are ways to deal with being scared etc etc

    But we'll stll put these shows on coz it keeps our kids quiet for a while :) and why not x

  • HELEN

    I can't comment too much on kids tv as unfortunately (or should that be fortunately) Jack only watches Mr Tumble….oh and iCarly (he got that from his sister!) & I agree with the comment above about them all shouting at each other, god why is that! Recently his dad has got him into watching Jules Holland and he keeps asking for Del (Adele) to be on so he can sing along!
    You'd better get started on that Mickey Mouse cake soon, mine took me about a week to make!! see where I blogged about it here : http://jessiescrazykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/birthday-party-fun.html

    x

  • Eleanor

    Oh that Norman Price! How that kid has escaped an Asbo is beyond me. He is utterly obnoxious.

  • twinsmumplusone

    Have you had the pleasure of Angelina Ballerina's company? All she does is cry and whine – mmmm….now that explains a lot!!

  • TheBoyandMe

    I don't like Peppa Pig because I also think it's not exactly teaching the best values or ways. Almost makes me a little cross that my mum lets him watch it. I hate and detest American programmes, I tend to stick to Cbeebies or Baby TV. Charlie and The Numbers taught The Boy to 'recite' 1-10 a few months ago. Some of these programmes are very good, some of them are tosh!

  • SAHMlovingit

    Great post Kerry. We are MASSIVE Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fans here and I have to admit that MC has learnt so much from the programs – I am trying to limit her time.

    We don't watch Peppa Pig (although we did go to Peppa Pig World last week) – and I'm shocked about the whole spider thing. I was going to start letting MC watch Peppa Pig but maybe, after reading this, I'll think again.

    xx

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    Great post, it is so true. I think the influence depends on the child though. Miss E adores Peppa and rarely plays up. Miss M much prefers Dora or Mickey but very often acts out!

    I recall when JJ first counted to 10 in Spanish and he had been watching Dora & Diego.

    Mich x

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    Great post, it is so true. I think the influence depends on the child though. Miss E adores Peppa and rarely plays up. Miss M much prefers Dora or Mickey but very often acts out!

    I recall when JJ first counted to 10 in Spanish and he had been watching Dora & Diego.

    Mich x

  • twinsmumplusone

    Have you had the pleasure of Angelina Ballerina's company? All she does is cry and whine – mmmm….now that explains a lot!!

  • Eleanor

    Oh that Norman Price! How that kid has escaped an Asbo is beyond me. He is utterly obnoxious.

  • Christa

    I cannot stand Peppa Pig! That cartoon teaches my kid all these wrong things! I tend to change the channel whenever I realize it has come on.

    Thankfully, my daughter really doesn’t care if I change the channel when that show is on. She is more concerned with shows such as Team UmiZoomi, Bubble Guppies, Dora, and Ni Hao Kai Lan. And to be honest, I love that she loves those shows! They teach her to WANT to learn, and trust me it define tally shows, teaches her to accept others no matter their skin color, and she has actually gotten better at problem solving on her own, such as helping a friend, and figuring out what is wrong, etc.

    Now days, creativity tends to be “killed” while education is emphasized. I believe education is VERY important [I am in school to be an elementary school teacher and come from a family with many teachers], however, these cartoons teach her to be CREATIVE with her learning. So, by promoting creativity, she learns! It’s the perfect match!

    She is very smart for her age [just turned 4 3 weeks ago], and I have to thank particular cartoons for that. Well, them and me for working with her as well. =]

    • i have seen bubble guppies and love Dora but have not seen the others. What channel are they on? Little man is a huge Disney fan at the moment, so Mickey mouse clubhouse is a fave. I agree about creativity and using imagination, i think it is key to learning. x

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