Your child 1-3 years

TV is not always a breeze

TV is not always a breeze



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This is the title of the campaign launched from 18 to 20 February 2016 by the CSA (Superior council of audio-visual). The goal: to educate parents about the dangers of television for toddlers.

No screen before 3 years

  • The general idea is not to leave a toddler alone in front of the images that scroll ... even if it is a cartoon. "Before 3 years, there is better to do than being in front of the screen," recalls the campaign. Before this age, the child is constructed in interaction with the world around him and must not be confined to a status of spectator.
  • Between 4 and 8 years old, the CSA recommends to stick to the youth programs and to respect the signage.

The 2016 campaign

  • As every year since 2009, February 18 to 20, 2016, the annual prevention campaign will be set up with posters, TV spots and reports to protect children under 3 from the dangers of television.

Expert opinion

  • The CSA relies on the opinions of specialists of the child, like Dr. Patrice Huerre. For the child psychiatrist, head of department in the Hauts-de-Seine, "the child under 3 can not make sense of the image, it is bombed without understanding because it can not translate the emotions ". For adults, "the presence of an adult is essential, it will translate and put into words what they see," says the doctor. Of course, there is no question of demonizing television. It's up to the parents to react to the child's feelings. Sleep disturbances, appetite, or behavioral changes are flashing.
  • As for the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Serge Tisseron whose video is broadcast on the site of the CSA, he explains that TV exercises on the small "a power of fascination regardless of the quality of images, contents ... The child seems to calm down in front of the television, but he accumulates emotions and frustrations that he does not know how to handle, and when the TV is going to be stopped, all that will come out. "Then we have to offer another activity to the child."

To read

"Should the screens be forbidden to children?" By S. Tisseron and B. Stiegler (ed Mordicus).