The new Government continues to consider how to limit the use of screens by the underage population. If the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, proposed last Thursday to the autonomous communities to reach an agreement to prohibit mobile phones for students during school hours, the Minister of Youth and Children, Sira Rego, this morning stressed the commitment of she stops launch a group of 50 experts to reach an “intergenerational country agreement” that protects children in the digital environment. This was announced during a colloquium on ‘the challenges of digitalization in minors’, where he emphasized the idea thatBetween “the free wifi bar and the ban” there are many grays.

The idea of ​​Youth and Children is to bring together different agents from organizations that have already worked on this issue, and who “bring knowledge, proposals, accredited research, reflections and analysis”, to make a “good diagnosis.” This will be shared with the participation of boys and girls, with whom they intend to create a proposed roadmap that guides the Executive in decisions to limit the use of mobile phones.l in childhood and adolescence.

The educational community, families, different children’s organizations, the legal world and data protection will also participate. All agents concerned about the consequences that screen abuse is having among minors.

Major concern

In the colloquium, Antonio Rial, doctor in Social Psychology, professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USD) and expert in new addictions in childhood and adolescence, recalled how the Abusive use of screens reduces sports and reading time among minors; how gambling addiction grows; or how teenagers learn about sex through pornography, often harsh.

Also, how two out of three children sleep with their cell phone on the nightstand or, as he calls it, “the great Aladdin’s lamp of these new times”, in which “with a single rub you have access to your social life , to pleasure, fun, leisure, sex or easy money through online betting”. Laura Baena, founder of the Malasmadres Club, has stressed the need for families to be involved. Of course, for that, she assures that they need the government to also work on the issue of conciliation.

New app

Right now, the Government is working on this matter from different departments. Last week, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), the CNMC and the Mint and Timbre also announced that they are working together to launch an application that blocks the access of boys and girls under 14 years of age to networks. social activities, as required by law, or the viewing of porn websites or violent content among adolescents.

Several agents hope that the State Pact will soon be reached to protect children and adolescents in the digital environment.