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Parliamentary questions
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11 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006224-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  The effects screens have on children: What are the Commission's recommendations?
 Answer in writing 

A large-scale scientific study carried out by the National Institutes of Health in the United States analysed the brain function of 11 000 children exposed to screens over the course of 10 years. The preliminary results of this study, based on MRI scans on 4 500 children aged 9 and 10, revealed that those spending seven hours a day in front of a phone screen, a tablet screen or a video game screen experienced a premature reduction in the thickness of their cortex.

This study also shows us that children spending over two hours a day on average in front of a smartphone, a tablet or a television screen have poorer language and logic test results. MRI brain scans on teenagers looking at their Instagram feed also revealed the stimulation of reward pathways in the brain, which encourages addictive behaviour.

What precautions does the Commission plan on taking in view of these preliminary results?

How does it plan to address this subject?

What recommendations does it intend to make to parents, children and Member States at a time where 5G and e-learning are also being promoted, which are causing screen usage to rise even more?

Original language of question: FR 
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