Tuesday, August 31, 2010
TV should be banned for toddlers and severely rationed for other youngsters to protect their health and family life, a leading psychologist will tell MEPs today.
Dr Aric Sigman claims that millions of children spending hours slumped in front of TVs and computers is ‘the greatest unacknowledged health scandal of our time’.
He says it is linked to ills ranging from obesity and heart disease to poor grades and lack of empathy.
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Some British children spend as much as seven-and-a-half hours a day in front of a screen – the equivalent of a full year of 24-hour days by the age of seven.
Dr Sigman, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, believes that the youngest children, whose brains are undergoing massive development, should not watch any TV at all.
From the ages of three to 12, boys and girls should be limited to an hour a day, rising to an hour and a half for teenagers.
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 3:20 am