Are Children’s Shows On Too Late?
If you have small children or if you’ve ever babysat at night, you probably already know that kids TV plays pretty late now (one in the morning on some stations). While I’m not denying how useful it is at keeping children occupied, I just can’t help but think how strange it is and how it encourages kids to stay up late.
When I was a child, what seems like a million irreversible years ago, I loved TV. I didn’t watch it all the time, but if I was addicted to a show I made sure I didn’t miss it. At that time children’s shows didn’t air after seven o’clock, at least not on any channel I had. What would have happened if the shows I wanted to see didn’t start until ten? I wouldn’t have been able to watch, but it most likely wouldn’t have been a pleasant experience for my parents.
Maybe I’m wrong, maybe kids don’t need as much sleep as we think they do. I don’t know I just noticed it tonight when I was babysitting my nephew, he’s too young for it really to affect him, but he still enjoys certain shows. It just seems like, for an older kid, it would be a nightmare. Imagine trying to get them up the next day for school.
If you agree or disagree let me know. All comments are encouraged even if you just want to complain about the Disney Corporation.