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Screen time for children

In September 2014, the Montréal Director of Public Health went live with the Guide pour une saine utilisation des écrans chez les tout-petits (Guide for healthy screen time for young children).

Since the world scientific literature presents different recommendations on the maximum time children five years of age or under should spend in front of a screen, the Montréal Director of Public Health brought together experts in child development and the problem of time spent in front of a screen to discuss and agree on recommendations in this regard.

The Guide pour une saine utilisation des écrans chez les tout-petits (Guide for healthy screen time for young children) brings together the five recommendations issued by several international organizations, which were adopted by this committee of experts. They concern the maximum time a child should spend in front of a screen, depending on age, quality of content (educational, avoid violent content) and screen time in the bedroom.

These recommendations reflect the concerns of the Ministère de la Famille, as particularly indicated in the Educational Childcare Act, the Educational Childcare Regulation, and the "Gazelle and Potiron" framework. The Guide pour une saine utilisation des écrans chez les tout-petits (Guide for healthy screen time for young children) can also serve as an additional tool for childcare services in achieving their objectives.

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March 27, 2017