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Now recommended no TV at all for under 3's

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Furball Mon 19-Feb-07 07:38:49

Just seen on BBC news it is now recommended no TV at all for under 3's but can't find any info about it on their website.

Flamesparrow Mon 19-Feb-07 07:44:18

Try lookin on the cbeebies site

Flamesparrow Mon 19-Feb-07 07:44:37

Sorry... not taking things very seriously today...

tripod Mon 19-Feb-07 08:02:04

Furball, had read the same thing: no telly for babies under 2-3: the images shown are no good for their eyesight and the the noise (volume usually turned up way too loud for tiny ears!)will stress the child, even if on the surface the baby seems calm (too calm!)

MissesF Mon 19-Feb-07 08:04:37

..and as a parent of 2 with autism...this lovely report will now have all my family etc telling me that we could 'cure' the boys if they didn't watch t.v.

(apparently there's something to do with the production of MELATONIN which is reduced ...and my boys both take a melatonin based drug really can't wait for the 1st 'well meaning friend' to query me about the melatonin/autism link and the fact that my boys are genetically linked to playstations and such like!!!!

Tortington Mon 19-Feb-07 08:08:18

washing machine does the same trick.

paulaplumpbottom Mon 19-Feb-07 08:10:44

My DD gets an hour of TV a day, I need a little break after all, and I don't think it does her any harm.

Katymac Mon 19-Feb-07 08:11:09

I'm sorry I think it's all things in moderation

I agree hours of TV won't help them (not sure if it will harm)- but the odd programm or two (esp if they or mum are poorly) won't cause any harm (imo)

edam Mon 19-Feb-07 08:12:24

Yeah, right to the sound. Ds as a very small baby used to be soothed by listening to music at same volume as your average TV - dh experimented and found Bohemian Rhapsody, that thing from The Darkness and that one from The White Stripes were his favourites.

Cbeebies and programmes for very small children tend not to use the same fast cutting techniques as normal programmes anyway so visual effects are different.

tripod Mon 19-Feb-07 08:13:05

should be relatively easy to put them back in their place were they to make that suggestion? Surely people wouldn't venture to give you "tips" on the basis of a report?

FluffyMummy123 Mon 19-Feb-07 08:13:38

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MissesF Mon 19-Feb-07 08:15:53

heres the bbc article on tv

Furball Mon 19-Feb-07 08:18:02

technically the should now ban most cbeebies programmes - hooray!

tripod Mon 19-Feb-07 08:19:28

just watched report... presentation is maybe a bit alarmist (but aren't most tv reports about health!)but point about poor concentration seems fair

stealscandyfrombabies Mon 19-Feb-07 08:22:43

I agree with Katymac - dont think a moderate amount of appropriate telly is going to do anyone any harm.

tripod Mon 19-Feb-07 08:23:20

some argue that older children shouldn't be left alone in front of the telly as certain images they might see could frighten them; an adult's presence would reassure them, intice them to ask questions even. Seems too deep?

Hulababy Mon 19-Feb-07 08:23:48

Reckon it is just something else to wopryy us/for us to be judgemental about/blame parents for/etc.

Everything in moderation.

aDad Mon 19-Feb-07 08:24:54



schneebly Mon 19-Feb-07 08:25:17

More scaremongering! I dont think it is right to sit children in front of TV all day but a small amount cant be that bad surely!?

MissesF Mon 19-Feb-07 08:25:52

hulababy...yep! know that feeling well!

Hulababy Mon 19-Feb-07 08:28:04

They are also not looking at the other side of this - supervised viewing of programmes. Can help with teaching and learning of various things.

Yes, ideally TV shouldn't be a babysitting alternative where children are plonked in front of the box and left. But there are days when you are ill or really busy....and a short period of TV watching can be a godsend for the parents.

tripod Mon 19-Feb-07 08:33:09

hulababy, most of us would agree, those of us with more than one child the more so... but my parents didn't have telly when my brother and I were little and yet they coped...

MissesF Mon 19-Feb-07 08:36:52

(i hope they don't ban trampolines too.... you know...too much trampolining causes vertigo etc????? )

cos thats the only outdoor activity my boys love....and in the summerthey are always on takes a real back seat...

Hulababy Mon 19-Feb-07 08:38:26

Oh I agree there are alternatives, but then I also remember as a child spending time not realy doing anything much at all whilst parents were busy. We did have TV but there wasn't the children's programmes available like there are now.

Just hate this idea that TV must be bad regardless. I just don't buy it.

I also think that children need to learn to be bored a bit too though, lol!

SSShakeTheChi Mon 19-Feb-07 08:51:09

Should have thought it was obvious even without this report.

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