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Are the French on to Something By Banning TV for Babies?

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August 20th, 2008

The ruling body for French television has banned broadcasting of channels aimed at viewers under the age of three years old, according to the Associated Press.

"Television viewing hurts the development of children under 3 years old and poses a certain number of risks, encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, over-excitedness, troubles with sleep and concentration as well as dependence on screens," the ruling said.

I don't have any children, but generally when I think of this I think of some of the earliest Peanuts comic strips from Charles Schultz (may he rest in peace) where a baby Linus sits on the floor about a foot from the television mesmerized in a trance with eyes as wide as saucers.  I believe that Schultz was in alignment with the French TV governance and that it was a subtle way for him to express how appauled he was that people used TVs as baby-sitters.  It just took forty years or so for a governing body to Go On record agreeing with him. 

I'm honstly not really sure what to think on this subject, so I'll leave it for those with children to chime in. But I found the ban pretty fascinating.

Despite what I feel are fairly superior Googling skills, I couldn't find an image of the baby Linus in front of the TV, but here's an older Linus in a position not wholly unknown to me (image via kera.org)

 
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