"The kids have taken control of their own programming", I said to my husband, yet, he looked at me with a no surprise look on his face. "They now want a larger tv in their room because the 40 inch Roku TV they now find it to be too small to watch their favorite programming", I continued. Although my husband thinks nothing about my kids programming habits or their wants, I've realized that in the past few years the kids, boys age 3 and 9 years old, have become very independent and in control of what they want to watch and on which device.
The 3 year old loves the Kindle Fire HDX tablet. In it, he watches cartoons and children movies via Netflix, Roku, HBO Now, and Youtube, The eldest enjoys gaming and music videos via Youtube Kids, movies and tv series via Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. He likes to navigate thru the apps and swiftly switch between programming. These kids are watching countless programming that they enjoy and sometimes school me on their great finds such as classic and new episodes of Sesame Street on HBO Now, The Deep and Voltron on Netflix to name a few. As a parent I am delighted that my kids are happy viewing streaming content because I can monitor what they watch and feel confident about their choices. I have also set the amount of time that they can stream so that it does not conflict with meals with the family, school work, or their chores.
Happy streaming kids are happy kids that are not bored with nothing to do. As the summer quickly approaches I am sure that my two boys will have a full schedule of things to do during down time other than playing outside with the neighborhood kids. I am unsure if investing in a larger tv at this time is necessary because we are always binge watching from either a smart phone or tablet and with technology changing so rapidly we will wait a year or two before investing on another television. In the mean time the boys can continue to enjoy their favorite programming and finding new content to watch as many more is added for their demographic.