I've had numerous discussions with other moms about the issue of TV viewing. Most parents we know let their kids watch age-appropriate television shows or DVD's. I guess my guilty feelings come into play when we get into the gray area of internet videos and movies that aren't necessarily for children.
My husband and I have showed our son YouTube videos of bike races, kids playing musical instruments, cute animal behavior, etc. Then there's Pee Wee. I've never let him watch the whole movie, and I'm not sure he could even sit through the whole thing if I let him, but he just loves the movie up until the point when Pee Wee's bike gets stolen. After 21 minutes, he's done.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend television viewing for children under the age of two and no more than two hours of educational, nonviolent programs for older children. We definitely try to stay under that two- hour mark and there are days when he watches nothing, but I have to admit, those days require more work. I try to screen movies beforehand so there are no disturbing images or inappropriate language. But I know t it is going to get tougher has his little world expands. I dread when video games capture his interest!
How do you handle your preschooler's' viewing habits?