A raft of media reports and learned studies (not least, Dr Aric Sigman's disturbing book Remotely Controlled) is highlighting the compelling evidence of televisual culture's negative effects - for example, that TV is hampering the speech development of a growing number of pre-school-age children.
It's no coincidence that in 2003, the then chief inspector of schools, David Bell, admitted publicly that the verbal and behavioural skills of five-year-olds are demonstrably suffering.
One recent survey discovered that seven in 10 children have their own television and six in 10 a games console.
Televisual culture is a major public (ill-)health issue as well as a growing fetter upon children's successful education. We need to conduct major government-sponsored research into the the pervasive "screen culture"
of schools, and modern culture.
Dr Richard House 50 Edinburgh Road Norwich, Norfolk