by MPD
Categories: Film/TV.

Looks like Barney just might have to sell his summer home! In recent legislative news, France has banned television programs designed for children under three-years-old. Why would they do such a thing? Well, the High Audiovisual Council states:

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.

Now don’t get too perturbed — the government can’t ban ALL television shows aimed at toddlers. Children can still be exposed to TV programs broadcast from foreign channels on cable but even they must broadcast the warning, “Watching television can slow the development of children under 3, even when it involves channels aimed specifically at them.”

What do you think? Will banning these kinds of programs make kids healthier and more active? Chime in and share your thoughts?


  • simone

    it makes senses. teaching your children well starts early and it starts at home.

  • The Science Commenter

    It makes perfect sense. Studies do show what the post said about the effects of T.V. on children and those who watch more than 2 hours a day have waaaay more problems. Of course there are good shows (Do they do Sesame Street in France), but really limiting the tube sounds awesome.

    I know a woman who let her children watch television sun up to sun down until they entered school-cheap version of babysitter anyone? Not only that, but the mother was too dingy and let the kid watch horror shows, etc.

    That kid has not passed 1 Statewide standardized test for school and she is now 11 and struggling. Go figure!

  • Green Marketer

    I agree that this could definitely be beneficial to the development of the child. It’s sad seeing otherwise active and stimulated children plopped in front of the TV. Working the branding and marketing world, people need to maintain what creative and imaginative juices they can.

    They should make reminders for adults that pop up as well! It’s a big, beautiful world out there and I hate to waste my young life in front of a TV screen!

  • statia

    I totally think that’s a brilliant idea. I’m not anti-TV, but I definitely severely limit the amount of TV that my son watches. If he’s lucky, he watches about an hour a week. And even then, I hate to do it, because I notice behavioral changes. Like any person, he’d watch it all day if you let him. Kids don’t need to watch TV.