TV Under the Tree?

Our 11-year-old wants a television for Christmas. Unless Santa stages a coup, she won't be getting one--and neither will her younger siblings. We can think of a million reasons why. Here are 10

1 We don't care that two-thirds of 8-to-18-year-olds and one-third of 2-to-7-year-olds already have TVs in their bedroom, as the Kaiser Family Foundation reported last year. We just assume their parents have tuned out all the research suggesting that children and television shouldn't be left alone together. Or maybe they need a spot for the 19-in. set displaced by that new home-theater system. Whatever the rationale, we're not buying it. Our three have-nots will have to make do with the Panasonic in the den.

2 Even with limited TV exposure, our preschooler already knows the jingles for this season's hottest...

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