Bill Text: HI SB433 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating To Screen Time Awareness.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-20 - Passed Second Reading and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Belatti, Yamane excused (2). [SB433 Detail]

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relating to screen time awareness.





     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that there is a growing body of empirical data and anecdotal accounts that suggest that time spent in front of screens has a negative impact on children's physical, emotional, and cognitive health.  Neuroscience research shows that social media, video games, and web surfing trigger the same dopamine networks that are triggered by drug use.  A growing body of evidence also suggests that excessive screen time may have an important impact on the high increase in anxiety, depression, and suicide among teens.  Excessive screen time has also been found to be a casual factor for a sedentary lifestyle and obesity, which is a serious concern for Hawaii youth.

     The average Hawaii youth is reported to spend three hours a day playing video games.  Additionally, attention and motivation issues may be impacted, which may have negative implications for academic and professional success.  Despite this research and the fact that managing screen time is a ubiquitous problem parents face, the State lacks an educational resource for families on the effects of excessive screen time and best practices for limiting screen time.

     The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds for the creation of an informational website and education campaign regarding the effects of screen time on children and teens.

     SECTION 2.  (a)  The department of health shall create and host a website that informs the public of the effects of screen time on children and teens.  The website shall:

     (1)  Summarize and include links to research on the effects of screen time on children and teens, including negative consequences of excessive screen time;

     (2)  Provide screen time guidelines by age group;

     (3)  Answer frequently asked questions; and

     (4)  Offer quality resources and best practices that provide parents with an authoritative site to consult when deciding how to manage their family's screen time and overall health.

     (b)  The department of health shall launch a public education campaign to:

     (1)  Warn about the negative effects of screen time for children and teens;

     (2)  List warning signs of over-consumption of screen time and its negative impacts;

     (3)  Identify best practices for limiting and monitoring screen time; and

     (4)  List alternative activities for individuals and families.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the department of health's website and public education campaign on the effects of screen time on children and teens.

     The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of health for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.








Report Title:

Department of Health; Screen Time; Website; Public Education Campaign; Appropriation



Appropriates funds for the department of health to create and host a website and launch a public education campaign on the effects of screen time on children and teens.




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