Here’s how parental controls will come to your smartphones and PCs

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It’s the end of a long saga. The Struder law, which provides for the presence of parental control on our electronic devices (smartphones, PCs, tablets, or even game consoles, or even connected objects, etc.), should come into force from July 13.

However, digital and tech companies united within the Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers and the French Alliance of Digital Industries have tried to challenge these rules with the Council of State, but it did not work. It remains to be seen what the legislation will change in our daily lives: here is what you need to know.

What the new rule provides

As reported The Digitalsthis text imposes “the pre-installation of a parental control device on connected devices sold in France”. In short, while these applications were often present, they will have to be “offered free of charge to the user when the equipment is first put into service”.

Let us therefore remember that it is in no way obligatory to use them, but that the idea is to encourage their activation. Let us also point out that the personal data collected in this context may not under any circumstances be used for commercial purposes.

Clubic rightly points out that this decision is not random. Indeed, according to a study released in 2019, only 44% of parents had configured their child’s device, and 38% used parental controls. Which is clearly not enough

Children and screens: the debate is launched in France

This implementation comes in a rather particular context since we know that the authorities are targeting in particular the use of smartphones by minors. Thus, we know in particular that Emmanuel Macron has spoken out in favor of banning smartphones “before 11 years old” and social networks “before 15 years old”. An ambition which nevertheless raises many questions, as we spoke to you about previously.

Among the risk factors linked to excessive use of screens from a young age, we can notably cite health-related problems (obesity, sleep disorders, myopia, etc.) or even judged access “alarming” to ___ography and violent content.

What you must remember :

  • The law on parental control should apply in France from July 13th
  • However, it had been contested by digital companies before the Council of State.
  • Devices such as smartphones, tablets and game consoles will have to offer these apps for free

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