Screens and children: what impact on behavior?
Several studies tend to exaggerate the impact of screens on children’s behavior, say Canadian researchers who analyzed 87 studies on the subject.
These researchers found that the more time children spent in front of screens, the more aggressive or inattentive they showed, as well as higher levels of anxiety or depression. However, the link between the time spent in front of the screens and the appearance of behavior problems would be weak, indicate the authors of the meta-analysis published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
For several experts, the screens may not cause behavioral problems: the relationship is inverse. Overexposure to screens can hide an existing disorder, such as a lack of social interaction or family difficulties.
In addition, the most recent quality studies show an increasingly less significant impact of excessive use of screens in behavioral disorders. However, studies that conclude screens have a significant impact often lack scientific rigor, the researchers note.
Many psychiatrists and child development specialists are unconvinced about the effects of overexposure to screens reported by these more alarmist studies.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers analyzed the results of studies involving 159,425 children under the age of 12.
Sources: Medical Xpress, La Presse
Sex education courses: what do parents think?
Almost all Canadian parents would feel that sex education courses should continue to be part of the subjects taught in school. However, parents in Quebec and Ontario would be the least satisfied with these courses, a recent online survey reveals.
Quebec parents surveyed deplore the few hours devoted to this topic and wish their children could have more. Currently, elementary school students have 5 hours of sex education classes a year and up to 15 hours in high school.
As for the quality of the lessons, half of the Canadian parents surveyed think it is fair or good. But only one in five parents perceive it as very good or excellent. This is particularly the case for Quebecers and Ontario residents.
Among the topics that could be included in the courses, the Quebecers surveyed seem more open than other Canadian parents. For example, they believe that gender identity, sexual pleasure, sexual behaviors in romantic relationships, and sexual problems should be addressed in elementary school.
The survey was conducted among 2,000 parents of primary and secondary school children. Among them, 27% came from Quebec, 40% from Ontario, and 33% from British Columbia, the Atlantic provinces, and the Prairies.
Source: Observatory of Family Realities of Quebec
Petits bonheurs Festival: culture accessible to the little ones
Young children from various regions of Quebec will once again be able to take advantage of a cultural event designed especially for them.
From April 21 to May 31, the Petits bonheurs festival will offer various shows and workshops for children from 0 to 6 years old. Activities are offered at low cost or free in some cases.
Thanks to a network of 21 members (municipalities, cities and regions), the festival is present in almost all of Quebec. Each place presents its own programming so that families can access shows and introductory workshops in the arts (theater, dance, visual arts, music, etc.) of professional quality.
To see the program and find out in which cities and regions activities will be offered: petitsbonheurs.ca
Podcast: Featured Families
In this podcast, journalist Maude Goyer presents in 5 minutes topics that have caught her attention recently.
Topics covered this week:
- Girls and sport: myths to debunk
- The 9 babies of Madame Laplante: a children’s book about the difficulty of not having the imagined family
- annoying toys
To listen: naitreetgrandir.com/fr/balado-familles-a-la-une/
April 7, 2022
By the Nace y Crece team
Photos: GettyImages/narvikk, FatCamera and Radist