Yes, yes, I know she has actually seen TV before, but only for fleeting moments or in extremis for a couple of minutes.
We rented a Boohbahs DVD from Lovefilm, to watch an episode together to show her what TV is. the results were as follows:
Parents thoughts: Good god, how bloody long is this show - half an hour? I thought it was about five minutes!
Nora's thoughts (approx): swirly, children bouncing! Airplane! Funny eyes.. jumping up, bubbles... a bit scary, dancing, music! Dancing! Funny man in an armchair. Woof woof! Fuuuuunnnnyyy!!!!
Now. Several things you need to know:
1) We have been going to and playing with the Boohbahs' website for the last four or five months at least. She doesn't like the bits where the Boohbah characters whizz round in circles, it's all a bit too fast and furious, so the bubbles scare her a bit on the landing page. She really loves the dancing and the children calling out their names, and she likes the little games. Got that?
2) Nora has an endearing habit of jumping in feet first when she does something for the first time, in a sort of grinning "Let's get on with it!" way. Second time, however, she tends to be a hell of a lot more wary. I know which bits of this I didn't like - you're expecting me to do what, exactly? ARE YOU CRAZY?
So. Two days after watching 1 episode, we put it on as a late afternoon treat. She really enjoyed the title sequence, and she'd been longing for it to be on (afer we played it the first time, when it popped up in her memory, she'd go on and on and on about it - "Boohbahs! Boohbahs!") - but as soon as it got to the bit when the Boohbahs wake up, surrounded by bubbles and make a lot of sudden movements, she started getting quite upset.
So we sent the Boohbahs to bed and switched it off pronto, and went to play in the garden instead.
A while later I switched on the Boohbahs website so she could see the old familiar bits... and she was more scared of some bits than she had been before.
Ok. My thoughts are as follows. When we were desperate for her to eat her tea a while ago we switched on CBeebies and a very simple live action programme was on featuring spiders and a dog. She absolutely *adored* it. I'm wondering whether because it was a real thing, and not something imaginary, it was more acceptable*. Because she's never watched TV, anything we show her is basically the equivalent of showing cinema to someone who has lived in an isiolated tribe in a rainforest - a double whammy of TV narrative for the first time ever and a bloody massive screen with fast moving elements.
(*Of course, again here it was the first time she had seen something, so her enthusiastic welcome might have been shortlived in the long run. Who knows)
My personal feeling is that we should just leave it. She doesn't have to watch bleedin' television. We seem to find enough to occupy our time normally without switching it on.
We have got a "Maisy" DVD in the rental queue, which I have a feeling is going to be a hell of alot more gentle, and, like every other brainwashed child in the country, *boy* does she love Maisy.