I have been wondering about television and its influence on children, particularly in terms of violence (that old chestnut)... We don't have television and my son is allowed to watch two DVDs on Sunday morning on my computer. If that seems unbearably rigid and controlled, it is just the sensible compromise we have come to (and which my son accepts without struggle or protest - no small deal, as you will appreciate ) after our previous experience with TV. I have never been a TV purist, thinking a little in moderation was fine, but with J it does not work like that... He became almost "addicted" to it, demanding to watch DVD after DVD, to the exclusion of all else - stopped playing outside, stopped playing with his toys, demanding TV from morning to night. Also he started acting out all the violence he was watching (I made the mistake of buying him the Disney DVD of Tarzan, his favourite story...) in a very graphic and repeated way. Enough came to be enough and I decided drastic action was needed. The TV went (I built up to it when we were away on holiday, saying it had broken, etc, and when we got back home he just accepted it) and it has improved the quality of our lives markedly. We talk, play games, read stories, he plays outside, etc... A childhood. So I wondered... what do you guys think the effect of TV, particularly violence on TV, is on these children who are at risk of violence themselves?? Have you noticed a link?