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Master Thesis

Exposition aux écrans des enfants de moins de 3 ans dans La Manche : pratiques et information des parents

Abstract : Introduction: In the digital era, the screen exposure of young children is a public health issue. The consequences of overexposure to screens have been demonstrated. It is essential, therefore, to assess household practices as well as the degree to which parents are informed. Method: A descriptive epidemiological survey was conducted through self-questionnaires distributed in the waiting rooms of 9 medical centers in La Manche to parents of children under the age 3 years old. Results: Screens were present in every household. Each parent is exposed to a screen more than 3 hours a day outside their work environment. Children under the age of 3 were also exposed to screens – both actively and passively. Less than a half of the parents had set up rules, despite knowing the French recommendations. More than 80% were informed about the subject and most could name 3 consequences of the excessive use of screens. However, only 16.8% had been warned by a health professional. 54% of parents expressed their willingness to be more informed - the majority of which (83.5%) through a doctor. Conclusion: All in all, children were exposed to screens. Parents had some but incomplete knowledge about the risks of screen overexposure and the existing good practices to mitigate them. Parents’ awareness about their own consumption, the extent of passive screen exposure, the importance of establishing parental rules (including no screen exposure in the morning) are dimensions on which it seems important to insist. The doctor has major role to play in educating and supporting parents as they deal with screen exposure.
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Marion Le Menn. Exposition aux écrans des enfants de moins de 3 ans dans La Manche : pratiques et information des parents. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03565049⟩



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