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According to a study conducted by Public Health France, from the age of two, a child spends an average of 56 minutes in front of a screen per day. Professionals recommend not using a screen before three years.
Turning off the television is a gesture that is not always easy for the little ones. From the age of two, a child spends an average of 56 minutes in front of a screen per day, according to a study conducted by Public Health France. This increases with age, rising to 1h20 on average per day at 3½ years old, and 1h34 at five and a half years old. Disparities exist according to the level of education of the parents, or even according to the region of residence. At three and a half years old, a child in Hauts-de-France consumes nearly 26 minutes more screen time per day than a child in Brittany. A disparity that is confirmed at the age of five and a half.
“He is a child who no longer knows how to have fun otherwise”
In addition, at five and a half years, boys would be more exposed than girls. They would stare ten more minutes a day at the screens. Excessive use that carries risks. “He is a child who no longer knows how to have fun otherwise, who no longer knows how to imagine”explains Karine de Leusse Schirtzinger, psychotherapist and cyberaddictologist. Professionals recommend above all not to use a screen before three years.