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France Puts Baby-Targeted TV in a Time Out

If you think 24-hour television channels dedicated to baby-targeted programming sounds like a good idea, you may not want to move to France. The country's broadcast authority has banned French channels from airing shows targeted at an audience three years old or younger.

The governmental super-nanny wants to protect French children from developmental hazards associated with television viewing. The ruling maintains that TV poses risks to babies like encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, trouble with sleep and concentration, and dependence on screens.

Foreign or cable channels not under the ban will have to broadcast this warning to parents: "Watching television can slow the development of children under 3, even when it involves channels aimed specifically at them." Producers of baby television shows say their content should be watched by babies and their parents in an interactive manner. Do you think France has made a responsible choice, or should baby censorship be left to parents?

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Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Some really are evil. I know a guy who was completely terrorized by one he was watching for a friend. The ferret was chasing and biting him all over the house; he had to lock himself in the bathroom, and even then he could hear the ferret scratching at the door, trying to get at him. I mean, yeah, the guy's a wimp, but that ferret was out for blood.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I always thought ferrets were gross because I had a friend who had an evil one. You had to run everywhere in her room because she let it run free and it would chase you and bite your feet. Stupid ferret.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
:lol: --you wanted it to steal. That would be great.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I think Beastmaster was my introduction to ferrets. For the longest time, I thought they came trained to steal stuff for you.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
darn it --take the out.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Love me some the Beastmaster ---it made me want a ferret.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Oh yeah, he was. I forgot about that one. Achoo.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
lol, wrestling and country music were not allowed in our house growing up. We weren't allowed the Texas drawl either. Or cats, but that is just because a bunch of em' peed in my dad's suitcase when they were heading out for their honeymoon.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
He was perfect in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, though! "We're men! We're men in tights!"
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I had the hots bad for Mr. Perfect, and also Bret Hart. Jake "The Snake" Roberts wasn't so bad, either. Now I look back on those guys, and I'm like, "Wow, I'm glad I don't have the same taste now."
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
No question about it. The head mask makes it hot! It was so weird seeing him in anything else. The Crush and Liar,Liar. He is Wesley Dang it!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I wanted to smack him every time he interrupted his grandpa. At the same time, though, at the beginning I'm always like, "Grandpa's going to read that WHOLE BOOK in one visit? Damn, better settle in for a long visit!" Wesley was so cute, but even cuter as the Dread Pirate Roberts!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
That's back in the Hulk Hogan days too. When it was even more theatrical than it is now. lol
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
See, my mom couldn't make fun of my crushes, because she's the one who liked the pro wrestlers...the massive steroid freaks in hot pants and body oil!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
What gets me is how young Fred Savage is in that. He was a baby.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
As you wiiiiiiiisssssshhhhhhhhh.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
lol, me too! I loved him in that. And I had a crush on Bowie after Labrynth. My mom was like, you like the guy in tights with the tina turner wig?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Princess Bride! End of story.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Dude, I have a lifelong crush on Val Kilmer thanks to Willow. Excalibur rocked, too. Mmm. Gabriel Byrne.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Oh, and the Never Ending Stooooooorrryyyy, la la la, la la la, la la la. I even loved that song.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Oooohhh oooohhh, also, the Last Unicorn and Legend. A young Tom Cruise in that one.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
lol, my mother has, in my adulthood, admitted to a crush on the Beastmaster. :rotfl: I was also a nut for Labrynth, Dark Crystal, Willow, etc.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
By the way, apropros of nothing, I HATE CLOWNS.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
LOL. I'm not fond of those things myself. But my mom also let me watch WWF, Red Sonja, the Beastmaster (yes, she had cheesy taste), and all kinds of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies with her, so that more than made up for the lack of Bozo and Muppets.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
We're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little looney, And in this cartoony, we're invading your TV! We're comic dispensers, we crack up all the censors, On tiny toon adventures get a dose of comedy! So here's Acme Acres, it's a whole wide world apart, Our home sweet home, it stands alone, a cartoon work of art! The scripts were rejected, expect the unexpected On tiny toon adventures it's about to start! They're furry, they're funny, they're Babs and Buster Bunny, Montana Max has money, Elmyra is a pain! Here's Hamton and Plucky, Dizzy Devil's yucky, Furrball's unlucky, and Gogo is insane! At Acme Looniversity we earn our toon degree, The teaching staff's been getting laughs since 1933! We're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little looney, It's tiny toon adventures, come and join the fun! And now our song is done! Oh yeah. I liked this show. This is on a constant loop in my head. This and the Mexican hat dance.
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