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Screen addiction has become a a real public health problem, notes the Parti Québécois. (Archive photo)

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The leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, asks the Legault government to strengthen its strategy on the use of screens and the health of young people, whom he considers too “shy”.

Himself the father of three young children, the PQ leader believes that banning cell phones in classrooms – as decreed by the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville – will not be enough to curb the addiction of children and adolescents to screens, which he considers to be a major public health problem.

Thus, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon proposes in particular that the government set an example by removing screens from classrooms; by studying the possibility of banning cell phones and tablets during breaks at school; and by banning screens in daycare centers, private daycares and home daycares.

In a video shared on the web on Sunday, the PQ leader also suggests forcing manufacturers of certain products to put warnings on packaging or asking them to offer parental control devices on all devices that allow screen time management.

The PQ will make this theme a priority during the parliamentary session which will begin on Tuesday, said Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon in an interview with ICI RDI on Monday morning. Because our generation of young people will have a lower life expectancy than that of their parents if we do not change course, he insisted.

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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon wants to tackle screen time among young people. The PQ leader even suggests making it a priority during the parliamentary session which begins this week.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon is particularly concerned about the fact that rates of psychological distress among young people have doubled in six years, that our adolescents weigh on average 15 pounds more than in the 1980s and that 95% [d& #x27;among them] do not respect the recommended screen time limits.

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It's sad. It's sad, and we don't have to wait, as in so many other subjects, until the situation is completely out of control, to act on something. also fundamental.

A quote from Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the PQ

The PQ leader recognizes that the Legault government began to tackle the problem by adopting a strategy on the use of screens and the health of young people during the previous legislature. But I think we need to move faster than that, he said in his video shared on social networks on Sunday.

According to him, the fight that must be waged today is as legitimate as that devoted to tobacco in recent decades. Not so long ago, our young people smoked cigarettes in the schoolyard, he recalls. Then at one point, we made the link with cancer, then we released that.

The problem of young people's overexposure to screens, that said, it's not just Quebecois. In France, President Macron devoted long minutes to it in his press conference on January 16, announcing that he wanted to take new measures to regain control of our screens and their use by children.

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