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“If we have adolescents and future citizens whose relationship to the truth has been poorly constructed, in any case constructed on social networks where difference between truth and untruth was not clear, hello generation of conspiracists.” During his press conference organized this Tuesday, January 16, Emmanuel Macron placed great emphasis on the impact of screens on children.
Measures expected in spring
The President of the Republic therefore intends to make it one of the axes of his educational policy by putting in place regulatory measures. Before that, the Head of State said he assembled last week a commission of experts made up of epidemiologists, clinicians and sociologists who will be responsible for delivering their conclusions by the end of March.
From these, Emmanuel Macron affirms that there will “perhaps bans, there will perhaps be restrictions and perhaps also be restrictions on content”. We won't know more for the moment.
But the president wanted to recall certain measures already put in place since the start of the five-year term, in particular the ban on smartphones in school and college, or reinforced parental control.
If this question seems to be close to the head of state's heart, it is in particular because, according to him, it played a role in the riots that followed the death of the young Nahel, killed by a police officer last June: “There was a form of mimicry which led to a completely unreasonable conflagration”.
Qu is “screen disease” ?
Let us remember that this is not the first time that Emmanuel Macron has pointed to screens on this register. He had previously explained: “We sometimes have the feeling that some of them are living on the street from the video games that have addicted them”< /em>. A backward-looking vision of gaming that has never been proven by any scientific study.
The problem of the impact of screens on children is, however, regularly reported by experts. Thus, the High Council of Public Health recommends prohibiting screens before the age of 3 in the absence of interaction with an adult.
For her part, child psychiatrist Stéphanie Dauver uses the expression “screen disease” to describe this phenomenon. According to her, this pathology would lead to a delay in development, motor skills and language in young people as well as attention deficits. An overdose of screens would even be “a factor in the development of a form of autism”. You can reread our article dedicated to this subject here.
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