I just recently learned about the PBS program, Sprout. It has television shows running from 6:00 am till 9:00 pm and plays popular known shows such as Bob the Builder, Barney, and Sesame Street, along with newer shows like Roary the Racing Car, and The Hoobs.
Sprout is a 24 hour television network designed for preschool children aged two – five. It’s meant to ” get children moving and active during the day and help the family gently unwind at the end of the day.”
Perfect. Just what this world needs. A 24 hour constantly running television show for little kids. A television screen with funky characters dancing around to get children active. That makes no sense to me whatsoever.
The Good Night show runs from 6:00 – 9:00pm and aims to “help preschools wind down after a busy day.” Despite numerous studies showing that television viewing before bed leads to restless sleep and irregular sleep patterns, PBS apparently believes otherwise.
While I don’t doubt that there are probably some “fun” shows on Sprout throughout the day that preschools might enjoy, I’m especially disappointed that PBS would even try to argue that watching television for three hours before bed would be beneficial in any way. Whatever happened to that crucial bonding time that happens between parents and children before bed? Are the days of reading to your children, bath time, even a family dinner time long gone?
The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood wrote a letter to Sprout asking them to remove the Good Night show from their program. I’m so glad they did and I think they’ve made a lot of valuable points.
PBS seriously needs to do their research and get the facts straight and get this ridiculous show off the air. That, or parents need to do their best to not cave in to this show. Which is more likely, I’m not sure.