A selection of your comments on this programme have been published below.
After watching the programme last night I found the results rather confusing to say the least, as it seemed that all the case
studies aired the children involved there was more than one child in each family.
We do ourselves use the TV and computer to calm our son down, and also to give us a bit of a break, but the studies shown did not
really show how a single child got, on as all the ones aired had brothers or sisters to play with, which in many ways made it easier
to get over the fact that there was not tv or games consoles
Interested to know your thoughts
The programme about giving up TV for a week is excellent, it highlights TV addiction and its negative impact on childrens' behaviour
and also adult due to their addiction to the box.
There have been numerous studies, but the media for whatever reasons have not published or publicised such studies. I think BBC is
right in informing people about the idiot box through this experiment.
Dr. M.I.Patel, Surrey, UK
The idea of stopping kids from watching TV is an excellent one, but the programme's experiment worked becuase the children did not
have any option but to play with other people in the house.
The national one week experiment is not the same test at all
because the television is still in the house and will therefore be a constant source of arguement if the watching of it is
We have already experienced this in our house this morning.
The programme "Is TV bad for children" on Panorama today was quite interesting and I said yes, too much of it is BAD for everyone
and not just the children.Watching some of those families was like a mirror image. Although we made some rules in our house weekdays
''no TV in the morning's'' as a result of that my son was getting up at 5am while everyone is in bed to watch the TV.
Selfishly as parents you have more control over your children with those powerfull tool's.
Surely there most be more to family life than TV and computer games!!
Turn back the clock and bring back the good old radio days.
I watched your programme Is tv bad for my kids? with interest. Finally a programme looking at the effects of tv and computer games
on children's learning.
The show concluded by saying that the impact had been seen more at home as families than in the
As a teacher I see any changes which take place at home influence the child within the classroom.
In my opinion the length
of time that this experiment ran simply was not long enough. A month would have been more valuable. This would have allowed the
changes made in the individual families take hold and perhaps the effects would have been more noticeable within the classroom.
Tonight's programme was "Is TV Bad for My Kids". It wasn't TV which was the problem for these kids, but bad parenting. TV in
moderation with proper content monitoring by parents is fine and can assist children with their learning.
programmes like Panorama have to turn an issue "tabloid" instead of addressing it maturely and detailed. Panorama is not the
informative balanced programme it used to be.
Mary Richards, Croydon
I watched your programme with interest.
We did not have a television until the children were five and six years old. We
also limited the times in the year when the TV was accessible: at Easter every year the TV went into the attic and reappeared in
September/October when the evenings started to get longer.
At 14 and 13 our children do watch the TV, but they seem to be
able to self-limit and are selective about what they watch. They are also more critical about the programmes they view, and will
engage in analysis about programmes and the content.
Whilst I have a great deal of sympathy for parents who both work, or
are under other pressures, I believe that the TV can be harmful when used as a "babysitter" - parents can use it as an excuse not to
engage with their children, and avoid spending quality time enjoying their kids company.
Mandie, North Yorkshire
I am currently watching is tv bad for your kids and i've got to say i do not agree with anything!
My maths is incredible! I am in top set, top half and I outsmarted the teacher once. The only reason I can spell dynamic is because
of pokemon. Hooverville, Doctor Who.
While some people can't be separated from it, some people get many advantages from it. It has educated me!
If you complain about kids playing violent games on the PS2, better on the TV then on the streets. Some games help you grow
Yes, I'm 12.
I am absolutely disgusted with tonights Panorama.
Making a so called documentary about how bad TV is for your kids for
Does Jeremy Vine stop his kids from watching TV.
The mother has said her
daughter would at times rather watch TV than eat her dinner, the next thing is how fat are our kids getting.
programme is a complete waste of time and license payers money. I am totally disgusted.
Surely TV is a learning curve for
our kids provided they are allowed to watch suitable TV and this is what the programme should be about, parents reponsibility to
what their children watch, not taking it away from them.
Miss Bridget Watts, England
I believe the latest drive to reduce children's reliance on "potted" entertainment to be a good step in the right direction.
Unfortunately our society is not being exercised in mind or body, in the way in which previous generations have done. For my own
part, there are some three hours of TV that appeals to me directly; this is being undermined by poor transmission, and so, when the
county goes digital, I for one will not be buying a set-top box, and I therefore will stop paying any TV licence. It really is too
expensive a luxury to waste money on such trivia anymore. Best Wishes, in your endeavours, Raymond Forward
I found your TV programme last Night about the removal of TV's and playstations very interesting - several points need to be made I
Why are the parents allowing kids to use the technology in such away - most parents do not seem to understnad the technology that
the kids do. One point I would like to make is part of this issue why also do parents continue to allow kids to play rated games
that are high than the children playing them. This does seem to be a national issue,the games industry can not take the blame for
bad parenting. TV's in childrens bedrooms, well the parents put them in the room in the first place so how can you have a 9pm
watershed if the kids can turn on the tv in the room.
To hear kids being blamed by parents that they are behaving differently
because of a tv - well thats rubbish - you give a tv to any child or a video game it will play it. The parents are at fault here
for allowing the technology to be made easy access to cover to bad parenting, tv and video gaming seems to be an easy cope out for
getting the kids to do what they want - I have to say well done to panorama for addressing this issue. I would like to see the issue of ratings being ignored by parents dealt with because you see it all the time - that movie or video game made my child do this or that - maybe the games industry should start sueing parents that expose
kids to over rated games