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By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at 5:09 pm in Babies & Tots, TV.

Baby TV (Gary Meader illus./MCT Direct) Say “bye-bye” to baby TV. Or rather, say “au revoir.” France just banned the marketing of television shows to babies and tots. And foreign baby channels, including Rupert Murdoch’s Baby TV and Fox Entertainment’s Baby First TV, are required to run warning messages for parents that say: “Watching television can slow the development of children under 3, even when it involves channels aimed specifically at them.”

The French ruling goes on to say,

“Television viewing hurts the development of children under 3 years old and poses a certain number of risks, encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, over-excitedness, troubles with sleep and concentration as well as dependence on screens.”

Naturally, the honchos at Baby TV and Baby First are aghast. And we keep hoping the Teletubbies weigh in on the debate. Perhaps Tinky Winky could refuse to buy French purses. Seriously though, how bad do you think baby TV is for kids? Do you let your little ones watch? Click “comments” and share your thoughts.

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