A fine for screen time

February 3, 2015

How much time do you spend in front of a screen? Watching tv, on the computer, on your phone, playing on playstation or xbox or a handheld game device? Well Taiwan has come up with a way of keeping kids from having too much screen time…by fining their parents!

Taiwan’s government has approved the new regulation where parents can be fined up to $2193 (NZ dollars) for allowing their children to spend too much time in front of a screen.

Although the time limit is not yet clear and it is unknown how the government will keep track of how much screen time children have, they say it is for the benefit of their children’s health.

Reports have found that children averagely spend around 7 hours of screen time per day, which adds up to more than 2 entire days per week and almost a third of the entire year!

It has been recommended that children should have no more than 2 hours screen time per day and that children under the age of 2 should have none at all.

So do you have a time limit on screen time in your house? And do you think it’s fair for the Taiwanese government to decide how much is too much? Let us know!



Article written by  D Mulhern

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