Noggin To Broadcast 24/7

8 12 2007

I recently read on the Noggin website (which my three year old frequents) that Noggin will begin broadcasting 24 hours a day beginning on December 31st.

I’m quite dissappointed in this decision. One of the things that has impressed me about Noggin is the fact that it only broadcasts from 6am-6pm. Thus, parents who like to park their kids in front of the tv only have the ability to do so for 12 hours vs. allowing them to sit there all night as well. Oh, of course, the parent’s can flip over to sprout or some other 24 hour cartoon network once 6pm rolls around. However, Noggin ending at 6pm meant that Noggin was not going to support that lifestyle. It promoted (to a degree) spending evenings with the kids.

My real issue here is probably not the fact that we have 24 hour cartoon channels for preschoolers. My issue is not even that we have television programs that essentially wake up with the children and put them to bed (yes, Sprout has a good night show to get kids ready for bed).

My issue goes back to the lifestyle we are promoting and God forbid, living. I seriously hope and pray that parents are not utilizing a 24 hour cartoon network for their children.

Many studies have proven that children need human interaction. Sitting in front of the tv all day (and now all night) does not provide this. It is no wonder that this generation of children have alarming obesity rates and social problems.

Hopping down off my soapbox now….


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9 12 2007
adikbongsu

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Good reminders sis, as working parents, i have the tendency to park my children in front of the tv too, just so i can finish my house chores. Look like i will have to do better, perhaps get the children to interact with me while doing the chores together…. 🙂

9 12 2007
Umm Yusuf

wa alaikum salaam wa rahmtullahi wa barakatuhu sis adik

hehe, you know sis, i didn’t mean it in this way. i was talking about parents who turn on the tv when the kids wake up and leave it on ALL day until the kids fall asleep in front of it. that’s what bugs me. I think some tv programs can be really good for kids to learn abcs, counting, etc while we get other things done. it’s just that i don’t understand 24 hour tv. for preschoolers.

10 12 2007
Amanda

In my house the TV is on if my children are up. They do not watch it but they insist on it being on for some reason. It’s kind of funny actually, if you turn it off they go right back and turn it on. I think I’d faint if I actually saw one of them watching it though. I think that they are like I am in the fact that they like the background noise. I always have a radio on if I am cleaning or knitting. They are used to it constantly being on so it’s no big deal to them and they don’t feel that if they don’t watch it they are going to miss something. Now there are days when I’d pay for my 2 year old to sit down and watch a 30 minute program but she’s too busy destroying to care about sitting still.

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