Children undergo the “10 days without screens” operation

The challenge was first met by 3,000 pupils and parents from 21 primary and elementary schools in Bordeaux. It aims to raise awareness about excessive screen use through debates and recreational activities.

“It’s a dangerous addiction,” says Sylvie Gustem, Pierre-Hermec’s assistant in charge of health security. While children ages 1 to 6 spend an average of 4 hours and 37 years online per week, the city of Bordeaux has organized a “10 Days Without a Screen” operation to raise awareness among families and younger children about the dangers of overexposure to screens.

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos, in partnership with the Observatory for Parenting and Digital Education, and the National Federation of Family Associations (Unaf), children’s favorite activities on the Internet are watching videos on platforms as well as music videos and listening to music. and playing video games.

“Isolate screens”

The challenge, which took place from March 29 to April 7, included the presentation of various cultural, sports and recreational activities in 21 nurseries and primary schools in Bordeaux. In all, nearly 3,000 parents and students participated in the process.

“The idea is to make families aware of the dangers of overexposure,” says Sylvie Gustom. The elected official remembers that excessive access to phones, computers, tablets or game consoles can lead to visual, cognitive and emotional disturbances. According to Esteban study figures, children in kindergarten spend more time in front of screens than in class.

“Isolating screens, assistant is underlined. Time wasted doing something else.”

In the program of this process: meetings and discussions with parents, presentations and activities by students from all participating schools in Bordeaux. Many partners have joined the challenge: recreation centers, municipal libraries, or even neighborhood associations.

real problem

Antoine Joppard, principal of Montaud Primary School in Bastide, who is also a CE1 teacher who has supervised him during the process, confirms “there is a real problem”. He has led several workshops to make, in particular, anti-stress balls, herbariums and even utensils for souvenirs. The students kept a log in which each day their consumption report was reported and which, if decreased, scored points.

“We didn’t want to do anything Manui either. You have to realize that there are good things on TV, like tutorials for example,” the nuances.

On the student side, the reactions are diverse.

“I lived through the challenge well, says Lisa, 7 years old. I think that’s a good thing. If we look a lot at screens, we can get glasses.”

“During the challenge, I started reading a lot of books. Now I continue,” says Lucy, also 7 years old proudly. “I understood that I was glued to screens the whole time. My eyes hurt and I didn’t sleep until 11 pm or midnight.”

“I learned reading was good,” adds Théo, a Play Station fan, while Bastien, addicted to his Nintendo Switch, finds “life was so hard” without his game. This is the addiction targeted by Sylvie Gustom, who advocates “to learn how to use screens without enslaving oneself to them.”

family background

Some families played the whole game to turn off the screens for everyone. For others, kids had to share, like Mary, 7, who hid the TV remote to force her parents to share. While Bastian was upset with his parents who “always find a way to watch screens anyway”.

This proves that the family context has a lot to do with it. Which prompted Louise, for example, to not “participate because of [son] Little brother was going to watch the cartoon “Anyway.

“My sister watches screens a lot, and suddenly she doesn’t want to play with me anymore,” says Léa.

The same goes for Lucy: “My cousins ​​are always on their cell phones. On vacation, I offer them to play games, for example Monopoly. And they want to play it, but on their cell phone.”

If most kids agree that “the challenge was hard,” that challenge may return next year. Sylvie Gustom hopes to see more schools participating (21 in this edition). Bordeaux thus joins the Girondins of Gradignan, Artegues de Lussac, Saint-Quentin-de-Baronne, Targon, Les Teichs, Salles and Farge, where schools have already participated in this initiative, which was born in 2003 in Quebec.

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