May 24, 2022

rising consumption and often poor parents

“Any tool that would allow us to better manage parental controls more simply is good to take. On some devices, the settings are so complicated that you end up giving up,” assures Ghislain Halter. This 38-year-old Guyanese entrepreneur, father of a boy in CE1, therefore sees “with a good eye” the discussion in the National Assembly, Tuesday, January 18, of a bill aimed at encouraging the use of parental control on certain equipment and services sold in France and allowing access to the Internet.

Developed by deputies of the presidential majority, the text intends to force manufacturers of connected devices – smartphones, computers or game consoles in particular – to install by default a free and simplified parental control system. If the text is adopted, when the device is first put into service, parents will have the choice of whether or not to activate the device, the exact nature of which will then be detailed by decree.

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Ghislain Halter considers himself ” concerning “ and « vigilant » about the time and activities of his only son on the family tablet, but sometimes a little helpless, like many other parents. “We removed the YouTube app because it was watching too many videos of people just unboxing toys,” he explains. He acknowledges that using the tablet sometimes leads to arguments. “It’s difficult to get him to stop when the time we set is over. » There is also the question of having a game console at home: “He begins to discover the video game with his comrades who are already equipped. We are for balance. We are careful, but we also want him to be comfortable with digital tools, for his future. »

This harmony between moderate use of screens, social integration and digital ease of their offspring, they are many parents to call for it. And to find his research more and more complicated, in particular since the beginning of the health crisis.

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Until the arrival of Covid-19, the rules were rather clear and well respected in the Isère home of Farah Guillot, 42, professor-librarian, mother of two boys aged 16 and 15 and a girl of 13 years. When they entered college, her children did not rush to ask for a smartphone, she recalls; the TV is on only for occasions like a football final, and only one computer sat in the house. “Children had to ask for a password to play, and we had limited playing time to about an hour and a half or two hours a week. »

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