Screens: we explain the new parental controls that will soon be available on all phones and tablets

Manufacturers of smartphones, tablets and computers will have to equip their devices with this device. The challenge: to better protect children from the dangers of the Internet.

You don’t understand anything about the different software or applications parental control because they are too complex? A decree soon to be published according to the law of renaissance deputy Bruno Studer voted in March 2022, should simplify your life. It will require manufacturers of smartphones, computers or other connected devices to equip them with a device that allows parental controls.

Franceinfo takes stock this new device which, however, will not be available immediately.

How will these future parental controls work?

According to the minister delegate responsible for the digital transition, Jean-Noël Barrot, at Parisian, “The idea is to offer, directly in the settings of every smartphone marketed in France, a simple device to manage the time spent on the screen, but also the content visible or downloadable on the mobile Internet”. Specifically, users of Samsung or Apple phones or other devices equipped with an Android operating system will be able to activate this device when the phone or tablet is turned on.

The proposed system will therefore focus on two functions: time spent on the phone and available content. Parents will be able to decide when their children have access to the Internet, as well as which applications they can download. The PEGI system, which classifies video games by age, should serve as a model. Impossible for a young person under the age of 18 to consult a porn site, for example, or for a young person of 12 to have access to Snapchat or Facebook, prohibited for people under the age of 13 according to their own rules of use.Explain The Parisian.

When can we take advantage of this device? ?

Not immediately. The 2nd September, the state secretary for children, Charlotte Caubel, and the minister responsible for the digital transition, Jean-Noël Barrot, received the various players in the sector affected by this new system: child protection associations, but also the French Telecommunications Federation or representatives of traders. They have one month to submit their comments on the decree, which can be amended accordingly. The latter should be published before the end of the year, but the technical decree, which will obligate manufacturers, should not appear before the beginning of 2023, according to MP Bruno Studer at franceinfo. It must actually pass several stages of validation, whether by the Council of State or Cnil, and be reported to the European Commission.

It is unlikely that the device will be available for download on this date because manufacturers need time to adapt their devices to this new regulation.

Will this control be sufficient to protect children?

Several actors in the sector are happy with this new system. On TwitterThe National Confederation of Family Associations has, for example, “welcomes that systematic parental control is moving forward”. But with parisian, Agnes Naudin, police captain and spokesman for the Snuitam-FSU union, “remains skeptical of its day-to-day operations”. “The risk is multiple and goes beyond pornography. It is also focused on apps. If the child has access to TikTok or Snapchat, he is not protected.”she explains.

“In my opinion, there is no other solution than to simply ban Internet access for the youngest, under an age yet to be defined.”

Agnès Naudin, police captain

by “Pariser”

“This does not prevent them from having a mobile phone, but only to make calls”concludes the police officer.

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