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All about the law to strengthen parental control on the Internet, examined by the deputies

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In order to strengthen the protection of the youngest when they are in front of a screen, parliamentarians are examining this Wednesday, January 12, at first reading, a bill to strengthen parental control on the Internet.

Filed on November 3, 2021 by the majority deputies, and made public on November 12, this law aims to facilitate the use of parental controls on digital equipment.

“I want us to make life easier for parents and protect our children,” said Bruno Studer, elected from Bas-Rhin and chairman of the Culture and Education commission.

The latter had wished to warn of the dangers of accidental exposure of children to pornographic content on the Internet and social networks.

A tool preinstalled in each device

Denouncing an “underestimation” of parental control, this bill proposes that a parental control tool be installed on all connected devices.

It would then be up to the manufacturers to offer users its activation when the device, smartphones, computers or game consoles is put into service for the first time.

During a presentation of the new tools to fight against school bullying, Emmanuel Macron had supported this “change of law”, affirming that it was “a collective fight”.

The head of state assured that the government would ensure that parental control “is installed on all phones, computers and tablets used by children.”

A simple accessory “to control”

While he recognized that it was not a “miracle solution”, Bruno Studer recognized that this tool was a “simple accessory to control and then dialogue”.

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The elected official estimated that today, the complexity of these tools could discourage parents, and even more particularly “those furthest from digital uses”.

An obstacle which does not prevent the bearer of this law from being confident.

If the adoption deadline is relatively short, it does not exclude that it is at the end of the parliamentary session scheduled for the end of February.

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