California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day Care Kids

April 13, 2009 -

A Santa Monica legislator wants to limit the amount of time that children in day care spend playing video games. California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D) also wants to ensure that any games played are of the educational or exercise varieties.

To that end Brownley has introduced AB627. Her bill is aimed at addressing California's rampant childhood obesity problem.

As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle:

[The bill would] require child care centers receiving state reimbursement for their food programs to limit sugary sweets and drinks, prohibit deep-fat frying, mandate servings of vegetables and limit TV, computer and video-game use to one hour per day, among other regulations.

A reading of the bill suggests that games like Wii Fit or Dance Dance Revolution would be acceptable if AB627 becomes law:

For children in full day care, screen time, including, but not limited to, television, video games, and computer usage, shall be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and shall be limited to
educational programming or programs that encourage movement.
For children in less than full day care, screen time shall be reduced proportionately.

The measure has been referred to the Assembly's Human Services Committee.


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Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day ...

"SatAM is a pale shadow of what it used to be."

You can partly blame the Telecom act of 1996 for that.

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Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day ...

"You can partly blame the Telecom act of 1996 for that."

How do you mean?

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Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day ...

That was the law that required all television stations to show a quota (2 hrs?) of educational children's programming a week. In general, it led to a lot of Saturday Morning cartoons getting "messages" shoehorned in to make the quota.

Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day ...

Agreed. And also I got to play King's Quest and such at the school daycare thing I went to one summer. ^.^

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Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day Care

I played video games at my daycare, but it wasn't an "official" daycare; I was taken care of by my best friend's grandparents when I was younger.  ^^

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Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day Care

Thats called a babysitter.

Re: California Bill Would Limit Game Time, Content for Day Care

Potato, potahto.  ^^

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