Comments on: Raising the First Generation of Internauts! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:58:53 +0000 hourly 1 By: blotzphoto Fri, 21 Jan 2011 22:18:40 +0000 I’ve had pay tv for so long that I can’t imagine going without it. Specifically I need to get Fox Sports Net for Reds games.

My kids are pretty web savvy at 6 and 3.5, they cab get online themselves and find PBS Kids or the great French website Poussin Rouge. They catch some commercial tv as well, spongebob and such. Oddly, the only advertising that has ever affected Abby all that much is the “Chuck-e-cheese” underwriting spots for pbs kids. The grown up show she’s really addicted to is Mythbusters, because they blow stuff up.

By: Lynn Wilhelm Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:14:04 +0000 My daughter (7) loves any kind of screen time. I do let her watch some TV but we now get only basic cable, so no Disney (I dislike most of that) or Nick. There are a few kids shows she likes on PBS, but some are getting old.
We have been watching Nature and Nova online–she loves those.

Webkinz is big with her too. She’s always saying she wants the newest toy advertised there. There are several websites I let her visit on her own and she’s done a little searching for horse videos–I keep an eye out there. She, too, notices the websites on tv in print and on products. I even hear her saying things like, “Check out ***.com for more about ***” or “Go to my website…” when she’s playing. It’s part of her life and will never go away.

She just got to make her own website for a fundraising activity at her school. It was just a fill-in-the blank sort of thing, but she loved it.

By: Lisa Wed, 19 Jan 2011 01:34:07 +0000 We do have TV, but no pay TV. Just what our little rabbit years can get. We watch a lot of PBS and PBS kids. Whenever we go to a family member’s home with dish, cable, or whatever, my 2 start asking for all kinds of toys. This is mostly just annoying, but makes me glad I don’t have to listen to it all the time.

My kids really like Potter Puppet Pals. Check out Chad Vader, it’s kinda silly, but the kids love it.

By: Julia Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:46:43 +0000 My daughter (turning 7 in two days) is very into product websites too. Especially if the product (like Webkins) have a special code for each toy that you can type into the computer to be put into a massive marketing database. Oh yay. Of course the other part of me thinks, “Why did *I* come up with Webkins and their peronalized codes???”

We do ok with PBS for tv shows and occasionally Disney Channel since the latter only shows commercials for Disney shows and bands. There are some really cool PBS shows on that are quite educational – but of course you can watch those right on the internet too without a tv at Our favorites are Fetch with Ruff Ruffman and Sid the Science Kid.

We are one of those homes where Cartoon Network is forbidden. I know that probably sounds Draconian to some parents but I’ve sat down and tried to watch Spongebob on that channel and for one thing Spongebob is just annoying and stupid but much worse than that, there are just commercials after commercials after commercials. Blaring, bright colored, louder-than-the-show glitzy commercials for toy after toy after toy. I’ve been talking to my daughter about advertising and how it’s not meant to teach her about products it’s meant to sell products to her by making them look better than they really are and she still will stare wide eyed at commercials and say “Wooooow! I’m sure that is totally cool in real life!” Urgh. So yeah, Disney is the most decadent we get otherwise it’s all PBS because that other stuff (even Sprout for preschoolers) is unbelievable with the commercials.