Some are telly addicts, some aren't. If you let them sit there day in day out, or even have it on constantly in the background (as is with some other childminders that I visit) then they will get to watch it more and more and worse still, it rules the house. I don't switch the TV on, especially on a school day, as Nathan isn't allowed to watch it before school, it messes up the morning routine ('Nathan, go brush your teeth', yeah mum, after Balamory! ) so the tv is banned at breakfast time. But I do see the benefits of some television, there are some very good educational programmes on today and really, they have done their research, and what's wrong with asking for them to have a little quiet time, that you can get things done as well, they have to get fed, we have to keep the house relatively tidy, so why not use the 'tool'
I do look after a child who will sit and watch the television from the moment she arrives, and I have to tell her that it is broken sometimes to try to get her to play. I don't want my own children developing these habits, so have to be a little firm sometimes, but yeah, I'd say, a little TV is not bad and sometimes very beneficial (it's amazing what I've learned from Come Outside (UK show) I never knew that was how street lamps worked!!