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When she was two, Fiona regularly said "Talk about it more!" to express her desire to know more about whatever we were discussing.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Television poses risk to children's health

Not sure how we missed this - it's from February 2007.

Okay, now I've done a little research and found that the recommendations made by the author of the study, Dr. Aric Sigman, were met with skepticism in Britain. The study doesn't seem to have made any impact in the United States, even though one of Sigman's findings is that television may be a trigger for autism.

There isn't a standout selection for links to the information. This will have to do, though there are others: http://www.healthrelatedinfos.com/2007/02/22/television-poses-risk-to-childrens-health.html

His book is Remotely Controlled: How Television is Damaging Our Lives and What We Can Do About It. It has not yet been published in the US. (It is available through Amazon UK.)

For the record, Sigman recommends that kids under 3 watch no TV (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for kids under 2), and kids under 7 be limited to an hour a day. Fiona watches around a half hour of TV a week. On DVD, with no commercials. Nora watches less than that, though it isn't "no TV". Yet ...

(He also suggests that teens be limited to 1.5 hours a day, and adults to 2 hours a day. Jen and I also watch far less than that. Not that I am recommending that you stop watching so much TV - not before I read the book, anyway. ;-)

AUTISM, people!

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