Ban TV to protect children’s health, top psychologist tells EU politicians

UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 31 August 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.

Ban: Toddlers should not be allowed to watch TV, according to expert Aric Sigman, and viewing should be limited for older children as well to protect their health

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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. >

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