Law to Limit Screen Time for Toddlers: A Public Health Emergency

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          Une proposition de loi déposée lundi 8 avril dans l'Hémicycle propose de réguler le temps d'écran des plus jeunes. Aujourd'hui, les enfants en bas âge sont aussi concernés par la dépendance aux tablettes, portables ou à la télé.

On Monday, April 8, a bill was presented to the National Assembly aimed at limiting the use of screens by children. Indeed, nowadays, even very young children are affected by addiction to tablets, mobile phones, and television.

Screens and children: a controversial issue

Screens have become ubiquitous in our modern society, and many parents are faced with the question of their children’s use of tablets, mobile phones, and televisions. Some parents choose to allow screen use from a very young age, but with strict limits. For example, the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old boy allows her son to watch cartoons for ten minutes a day, no more.

However, most parents interviewed by France Télévisions say they are rather reluctant to let their children use screens before starting nursery school. Doctors also recommend not exposing children to screens before the age of 3, but the reality is quite different. In fact, at the age of 2, children spend an average of 56 minutes a day in front of screens, a figure that rises to 1 hour and 20 minutes at the age of 3 and a half.

The dangers of early screen addiction in young children

Unfortunately, some situations are more concerning. At the hospital in Bondy, in Seine-Saint-Denis, consultations are even offered for young children who are already addicted to screens. Parents report alarming behaviors, such as uncontrollable fits of anger when the television is turned off. This addiction can lead to developmental delays in children, which raises serious concerns.

Faced with this alarming situation, a bill was introduced on Monday, April 8 to regulate the use of screens in daycare centers and with in-home childcare providers. It is essential for parents to be aware of the risks associated with overexposure to screens in young children and to establish strict rules to limit their use.

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Source: Francetvinfo

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