Taiwan recently banned children two years and younger from using any form of digital technology. Older children and teenagers will also be severely restricted, with new laws stating children aged 18 years or less will only be permitted to use electronic devices for a “reasonable” length of time. What is “reasonable,” however, is yet to be defined.
In Japan, in an effort to combat cyberbullying, certain areas have introduced curfews that ban children from using smart phones and mobile devices after 9pm.
And the Australian Council on Children and Media is urging the country’s government to launch a debate regarding the age of ownership of smart phones. Current figures indicate that the majority of children get their first mobile phones at about the age of 10 years.
How these screen-time limits and access to devices will be implemented is uncertain, but the trend reflects growing concern around the explosion of digital device use amount toddlers, kids and teenagers. Read the entire article here.