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This is how parental control will be imposed on your smartphones and PCs

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It’s the end of a long soap opera. 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 Union of Leisure Software Publishers and the French Alliance of Digital Industries have tried to challenge these rules with the Council of State , but it didn't work. It remains to be aware of what the legislation will change in our daily lives: here is what you need to know.

What the new rule provides< /h2>

As reported by Les Numériques, this 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.

Clubicrightly reminds us that this decision owes nothing to chance. Indeed, according to a study released in 2019, only 44% of parents had configured their child's device, and 38% used parental control. Which is clearly not enough

Children and screens: the debate is launched in France

< p>This implementation occurs in a rather specific context since we know that the authorities are particularly targeting 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” and social networks “before 15 years”. An ambition which nevertheless raises a lot of questions, as we spoke to you about previously.

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

What to remember:

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

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116