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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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