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According to articles on the ABC News website today - Guidelines tipped to push toddler TV ban and TV in child care 'damaging toddlers' a new report titled "Get Up and Grow" recommends that children under two years not watch any television.
I was already aware that research has shown that there are no benefits watching television for a child under the age of two but when my son was about eighteen months old I really encouraged him to watch DVDs so that I could take a shower in peace. Where is the report detailing the benefits to the over-tired mother?
I can remember my grandfather saying that "television is the opium for the masses" and I must confess that when I do encourage my son to watch tv my intention is to engage him while I do something else - getting myself ready in the mornings or organising dinner of an evening. For the most part he watches DVDs - that way I'm familiar with the content and there is no additional advertising (other than the over the top branding and marketing associated with ALL children's tv).
There are just so many things to feel guilty about as a parent.