Who controls the TV?

Most parents say they closely track their children’s TV, internet and video game use, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. But parents may be fooling themselves.

“Parents think they are controlling the media _ kids say they are not,” said Victor Strasburger, a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Two-thirds of parents are concerned about media sex and violence and support new federal limits on television, the survey found. But respondents also said that parents, teachers and friends have far more influence over children than the media.

One fifth of infants and toddlers and 43 percent of preschoolers have a TV in the child’s bedroom, another study found. Is a parent in there watching? It doesn’t seem likely.

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  1. Ah, but Mommy is home all day with our girls. The main TV sits silent most of the day.

    A TV lives in one girl’s room with no connection to the outside world. On the shelf are (zillions of) Mom-and-Dad-approved family-friendly videos and DVDs. Even when the thing is on, the girls tend to be playing games with each other about 50 percent of the time.

    Mostly we encourage quiet reading time. Especially when they’re winding down for bed.