TELEVISION SHOULD not be used as a ‘babysitter’, concludes Sónia Carrilho, Portuguese author of a new study about children and TV. The truth, however, is that many parents are doing exactly that.

“Leaving children under three watching television for an hour-and-a-half a day could put their health at risk,” she said. Leading British psychologists claim watching television at such an early age can negatively affect social development, speech and cause health problems.

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