Australia: ban TV for under-twos
Children under the age of two should be banned from watching television, according to guidelines prepared for the Australian government.
The guidelines warn that exposure to television at such an early age can delay language development, affect the ability of a child to concentrate and lead to obesity.
The recommendations also suggest that children aged two to five should watch no more than one hour of television a day.
The recommended viewing limits vary wildly from the actual amount of television and DVDs viewed by Australian children.
Australian statistics show that four-month-old infants watch an of average 44 minutes of television each day and that children under the age of four with pay television at home spend at least three hours a day in front of the screen.
Wow. So much to pick apart here. Full Disclosure: I don’t have a ‘streaming’ TV in my house with 2 kids. We get one channel on the rabbit ears, and a DVD player. Having said that, they seem to be surviving OK having been exposed to “TeleTubbies”, “Baby Einstein”, and “Blues Clues” – and, I didn’t need a government ban on media in my household…