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California proposes child day care "screen time" cap

Children in day care centres to be limited to a maximum of one hour screen time per day

California legislators have proposed a bill that would see day care centres limited in the amount of time they could occupy children with any activity that involves a screen, including videogames, to under an hour per day.

The hour is intended for children in full day care, with screen time to be "reduced proportionately" for anything less. Furthermore, the proposed bill requires that all videogames within day care be "educational" or "encourage movement".

The move comes as part of wider regulation to ensure that child day care facilities meet "health and nutrition-related requirements".

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James Lee