Martha Beck wrote an article in the March 2007 issue of “Oprah” magazine (see “Martha Beck’s 5 Best Pieces of Advice,” p.91) in which she takes the position that TV is like a vitamin, necessary in small doses everyday, but toxic if overused. She believes that exposure to TV is necessary for healthy social development in children. Having grown up without TV, she was bullied for her lack of pop culture knowledge.
While this may have been her unfortunate experience, I have to say that I have not found that to be true yet with my children. Somehow, kids seem to absorb a huge amount of pop culture knowledge on the school playground. They know who Sponge Bob, the Disney Princesses and the Power Rangers are without ever having seen them on TV or in film.
Here is a link to that article online if you are interested:
Television is a Vitamin (Martha Beck)
What do you think?