Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!
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I’m going to be an aunt for the first time come November, so suddenly, I care about children. And how I can enhance (or scar) their lives with entertainment. (Do I have to wait 16 years to empower my niece with the gift that is seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Grrr argh.) Anyway, that’s why I read this ABC News report titled Turn off the TV for Toddler’s Sake. You might find this hard to believe, but a recent study showed that children ages 1 to 3 have a difficult time tuning out the background noise of the television (the test show was Jeopardy!) and focusing on whatever they need to be doing (playing with educational toys, I’m guessing). “You actually can see sometimes more aimless behavior, walking around like they’re not quite sure what they’re going to do next,” explained one coauthor of the study. The fear is that by distracting our children, we’re impeding their ability to learn. Makes sense, I guess.

So, what rules do you — or will you — have regarding kids and television? And if you were raised without TV, at what age did you become someone who would read PopWatch?

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