According to a new article, officials in Australia are encouraging child care centers and parents to ban TV watching for children under the age of 2. Here's why - according to the article, the Australian government has released a report saying, "exposure to television at such an early age can delay language development, affect the ability of a child to concentrate and lead to obesity."
I agree that too much TV is bad, but I'll admit, my 1-year-old Jude does watch some TV. He doesn't watch it a lot, but he's not on a TV lockdown either. I usually let him watch one 30-minute Baby Einstein DVD a day. He enjoys it, I've seen examples of what he has learned from watching it and the videos are geared for babies starting at around 3 months. I don't feel bad about letting him watch these DVDs. They're educational and made specifically for babies. They're especially helpful when my husband's not home from work yet and I need to cook dinner or when Jude just needs some quiet time to relax.
I know that throughout the day when I'm not with Jude, he watches some TV. But I know that the people caring for Jude don't just plop him down in front of the tube for an extended period of time. I'd guess that on an average day Jude gets about an hour of television a day.
There are moms out there who will disagree with me, I have friends that disagree with me on this, and that's okay. What do you think? Do you let your kids under the age of 2 watch TV? Did you watch TV when you were a toddler? What about programs made specifically for young children, are those okay for babies to watch?
Let me know your thoughts. Feel free to post your comments below.