In November 2017, the
Canadian Paediatric Society posted its position statement
Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world.
This document provides evidence-based guidance grounded in four principles:
- minimize use of screens;
- mitigate the negative effects of screen use;
- be mindful of screen use;
- set an example of healthy habits.
For its part, in September 2016, the
Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) published
Le temps d’écran, une autre habitude de vie associée à la santé (French only). This document presents the recommendations of various organizations regarding screen exposure for children under 5 years of age and the effects of screen time on their health.
These principles echo the concerns of the Ministère de la Famille in this regard, particularly as stated in the
Educational Childcare Act, the
Educational Childcare Regulation, and the
Gazelle and Potiron framework. These documents may also serve as complementary tools to support childcare establishments in meeting their objectives.
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