Watching too much tv is bad for anyone, but it’s especially harmful to children. That doesn’t mean that our family doesn’t watch tv (double negative. ugh!) but it does mean that 1) the time will limited and 2) what we watch will be monitored. There is a LOT of bad stuff out there targeting little kids in general. It’s even worse if you’re a person of color.
So … from my own experience as a person of color (Black/Mexican) I’ve found that watching tv and watching movies and listening to music and … well … I’m sure you get my drift … can seriously damage one’s self-esteem, but now there is a study that proves it!
What they found after they’d controlled for age, body image, and baseline self-esteem was that television exposure was responsible for a decrease in self-esteem in both white and black girls and black boys, but it led to an increase in self-esteem in white boys.
That’s why we’re making an effort to collect videos of good shows for our kids. Almost everything has some kind of problem, but we’re trying to get as many decent videos of tv shows, movies, cartoons, etc. as possible. I’m thinking:
- Get Along Gang
- Kai Lan
- The Cosby Show
- Different World
- Real Women Have Curves
- G.I. Joe
- Mickey Mouse Club (’84-’88)
What are some other good shows/movies/cartoons?