Should young children be banned from watching TV ?

That’s what a research by the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital suggests . The study recommends that children under the age of two should be banned from watching TV or using other electronic media, including computers and DVDs.

It says:

“Screen time … may reduce the amount of time they have for active play, social contact with others and chances for language development. [It may] affect the development of a full range of eye movement [and] reduce the length of time they can stay focused.”

This mother blogged about her two children aged 2 and 9 and says that she does let them watch TV because it releases stress. She says:

“I personally think that for children (especially the older ones), watching television can help to reduce stress… my son would laugh out loud whenever he watches Mr Bean and I find that a good form of stress reliever. In addition, by making the right choices, television actually provide a very wide range of general information and also in teaching our children.”

Do you agree with her? By making the right choices , can TV help the development of children rather than hinder it? And if you have young children (especially under 2) , do you let them watch TV?

15 Responses to “Should young children be banned from watching TV ?”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    October 14, 2009 at 12:53

    I don’t think young children should be banned from watching TV, but I do think it should be limited and monitored, just parents doing their job and common sense. Actually, I have noticed since there are so many movies, series shows, games, etc. available on-line, a lot of kids are actually watching less television.

  2. October 14, 2009 at 14:51

    Are the first words that comes to some peoples minds, the words “Ban it”,when they come across a problem,it would appear so. Childrens T.V. can be educational,amusing or informative. I would think restriction and supervision far,far superior than a ban

  3. 3 Jennifer
    October 14, 2009 at 14:53

    Re: Do you agree with her? By making the right choices , can TV help the development of children rather than hinder it? And if you have young children (especially under 2) , do you let them watch TV?

    I think that tv can be very useful for children, even children under 2 years old. Think of the baby Einstein dvds; invaluable. It’s all in what one would choose to play. Tv should be monitored and limited.

  4. October 14, 2009 at 14:53

    Like anything in life it’s the dosage and quality that counts.

    Film, T.V., video is by far the best technology we have for the transfer of information. A picture may be worth a 1000 words. Moving pictures with sound are worth millions. So if we do not make use of that technology above all to educate our children it would be a waste. Having said that, the kind of cheap entertainment and the majority of other rubbish that is broadcast, can make the very same medium harmfull. Then there is the matter of health watching the monitor as against living life in real terms. It is definitely not healthy when done more than absolutely necessary.

    Till the children are able to make these decisions for themselves they should be regulated by parents and teachers.

  5. 5 steve
    October 14, 2009 at 15:23

    Hurray. More nanny state. What should be banned next? I don’t like that people do X, hence X must be banned! I swear I’m not a control freak!

  6. 6 Tom K in Mpls
    October 14, 2009 at 16:44

    Responsible parents do it all the time. It is their job. The government should have nothing to do with it. What this is, is a group of people that feel that you can legislate perfection and their beliefs are the ones the world needs to live by. It reminds me of the Taliban.

  7. 7 T
    October 14, 2009 at 16:57

    If it’s anything from Simon Cowell, definately yes.

  8. 8 Josiah Soap
    October 14, 2009 at 17:10

    Yes lets ban kids from watching TV and playing on computers, lets also ban smoking, ban fox hunting, ban eating unhealthy foods, ban fishing, ban drinking, ban having fun, ban smacking naughty kids, BASICALLY BAN ANY OPINION THAT ISN’T SANCTIONED BY THIS 1984 BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT. When on earth is this government control of our lives ever going to stop. When is the government going to stop deciding what’s good for us. Parents will decide what’s good for their children and if they don’t tough, leave us alone to run our own lives.

  9. 9 mark from Ohio
    October 14, 2009 at 20:38

    BAN IT! And ban video games too! TOO many fat kids! It’s rediculous…it’s also borderline immoral, and reflects a lack of parental competency…That and the increasing production/consumption of processed, high carb, high fat foods is setting kids up, and by extention, our entire society for catastrophic mid and late life debility.

    Absent moms & dads AND Big Corporate Agriculture = Fat, unathletic, sick kids = what kind of adults?

  10. 10 Tom D Ford
    October 14, 2009 at 23:57

    I don’t know how you’d enforce it.

    I think an ad campaign to educate parents and caregivers about why they should not let very young kids do TV, etc, is in order.

    I just received two new books about babies that come highly recommended for the new research about babies, how they learn, and what they are like:

    “Scientist In The Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind”


    “The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the meaning of Life”.

    Both are based on scientific research on early child development.

    Apparently babies are way different from what is commonly assumed about them.

  11. 11 scmehta
    October 15, 2009 at 07:56

    Parental discretion, guidance and supervision are the deciding factors on the issue.

  12. 12 Audrius Kviliunas
    October 15, 2009 at 13:32

    TV is best educational instruments.But all depends in whwt family rise children,in what direction he will be drawen.There are so many cruelity and sex in TV screens that is nonsense to believe that you can prevent them from seeing it earlier or later.But antidote for it all is good relations in family,posibility understandible answer all their questions so that their attention will be diverted to trully valuable programs-even for childrens until 2 who begin do first steps in understanding what is good and what is bad..

  13. 13 vijay Pillai
    October 15, 2009 at 13:40

    What is the critical age for children exposing them to radiaion from tv and so on? Did the nature intended children be exposed to such health hazards early as 5 years old.Children of today have not developed any abliity to withstand damage to their growing brain now than say 50 or 100 years ago? These days it has become a fasionable to claim that one’s child of 2 is more cleverer than a child of 5 or 9 for that matter. There were cases of childen passing a/l maths at 9 years old and claim he or she is more cleverer than a young man of 16. But has he daveloped like normal person at 25? i seriously doubt it. Passing two maths a/l at 9 is nothing comapared to passing 4 or 5 subjects at 16 or 17. These so called clever ones usually develop delusions of cleverness and not all round briliance on would expect in a normal person..

    • 14 Tom K in Mpls
      October 15, 2009 at 17:44

      Modern TVs produce the same radiation as florescent light bulbs. Because that is what they use for light. The rest of the electronics is comparable to a small laptop computer.

  14. October 15, 2009 at 21:09

    A primary school teacher some years ago told me of pupils starting in her class who could not talk because they had never learnt how.
    We exchange between 600/900 signals per minute in ordinary conversation, an awesome amount of processing and automatic at that.
    What happens when we watch television?
    Somehow we learn to bypass the signals, what happens if we only do that?
    How does it affect our relationships,family life,daily life?
    Can anyone answer me?

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