Why you should ban your kids from watching certain TV stations
France urges parents not to allow children under three to watch TV, and American paediatricians also favour a total ban on screen time until at least 18 months.
Carole Bienaime-Besse, who sits on France’s TV regulator, the CSA, claimed Sunday that overexposing babies and small children to digital devices has become a “public health issue”.
“People are realising that screens can cause addiction even among very small children, and in extreme cases autistic problems, what is called virtual autism,” she said.
“Silicon Valley also knows this. There are lots of educational apps for babies, but in the end the results are counterproductive,” Bienaime-Besse told AFP.
Studies show that “children over-exposed to them are the ones who find it hardest at school,” she said.
France banned its broadcasters from targetting under-threes in 2008, and blocked Fox-owned BabyTV from launching there.
But some program makers insist that bans do not work, especially with so many parents using television and devices to “babysit” their children.