Qi star alan: I stop my kids watching TV
TV has made Alan Davies a household name but the comedian is determined to keep his children from watching the box.
And despite being a star of educational quiz show QI, the 50-year-old reckons exposure to screens could damage their young brains. Davies said: “To be honest we try to keep them away from the telly. Life’s too short. “Old and knackered parents, you can sit and watch the telly, but children doing it is depressing. “We’re convinced it scrambles their minds.” The panellist, who has three children Susie, six, five-year-old Bobby and Francis, 16 months, with novelist wife Katie Maskell, prefers the kids to create their own fun. He told Radio Times: “They never seem to like what they’re looking at and we don’t let the one-year-old anywhere near a screen. I’d rather they were painting each other’s faces.” Best known for playing magician Jonathan Creek in the TV crime drama, Davies has been a regular on BBC2’S QI for more than a decade. But his children have only seen him once on screen. He added: “It was on the Royal Variety performance, in which I talked about going to the soft play with them, which my daughter thought was hysterical. But it was slightly disturbing, watching her watching me.” Davies is not the only TV star to stop his kids watching telly. Hugh Jackman banned his from using any screens during the week. And before he died in 2011, Apple boss Steve Jobs limited technology use.
LIMITS Davies restricts telly