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Internet: reinforced parental control about to be approved by the National Assembly


The National Assembly should this evening give the green light at first reading to a text facilitating the use of parental control on connected objects. This aims to protect minors from pornography, cyberbullying or online violence.

Free parental control approaching

The bill, presented by LREM deputy Bruno Studer, which will then have to be examined in the Senate, wants to oblige manufacturers of connected devices to include free and easy-to-use parental control, devices that are still too little known or used. Parents could then choose whether or not to activate this tool installed by default, when the device is first put into service.

This concerns computers as well as smartphones, tablets, televisions, connected watches and consoles. On the other hand, operator boxes would be excluded, as would home automation.

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The minimum functionalities and technical characteristics of this parental control will be specified by decree. They could evolve according to technological advances, but should remain simple to handle. “It is a prevention law that cannot do everything” but wants “provide tools to help parents exercise their responsibilities”, underlined the rapporteur Bruno Studer, according to AFP. “At age 12, almost one in three children has been exposed to pornography”, said the Secretary of State for Children Adrien Taquet to illustrate the risks of the Internet among the youngest.

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