Aurélien Fleurot 10:17 a.m., February 08, 2022

A study published by Ipsos notes that children are increasingly connected, especially on social networks, since the health crisis.

A phenomenon that is beyond the control of parents and worries them.

As part of the "Day for an Internet without fear", Europe 1 explains to you what is in place for the GAFA in order to reduce the risks.

This Tuesday is held the "Day for a Internet without fear" (Safer Internet Day), a global day that exists in 200 countries.

Particular emphasis is placed on the safety of children and young people on the Internet.

The opportunity to help parents find their way around when nearly 1 in 2 do not feel supported enough to regulate the time spent in front of screens by their children, according to an Ipsos study carried out for the 'opportunity.

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There are many control tools but it necessarily takes time.

Nothing will happen without real investment from parents, explains Thomas Rohmer, founder of the Observatory of Parenthood and Digital Education, who notably cites Google's Family Link device.

"You don't install this kind of tool in 1 hour, but I think the game is worth the effort".

The study conducted by Ipsos for this world day shows that parents are very worried.

Thomas Rohmer, like many specialists on the subject, immediately adds "that in no case can these tools replace parental support on the one hand, and parental vigilance on the other". 

Set according to your child's age

With Family Link, parents of young children or teenagers can set ground rules for using devices in the home.

For example, set time limits for Internet use or choose the bedtime from which devices are automatically locked.

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And now, all tech players offer safeguards: Apple allows, for example, thanks to the “Focus” tool to prevent notifications from social networks while your child is working on the computer.

With YouTube Kids, parents can choose the content their children will have access to on the application by creating personalized playlists, and set a viewing time.

Instagram and TikTok also have specific rules of use to define the authorized use for your child.

A reminder all the same: European rules prohibit access to any social network before the age of 13.

Which in fact seems far from being respected, or known to parents.

Telecom operators and the government are also playing the game

Always in this logic of supporting parents, the French Federation of Telecoms publishes this Wednesday the guide

How to support and protect your child

on the Internet.

There are 19 pages of advice and keys to better understand what awaits your child on social networks, and more generally online.

A social issue taken seriously by the government, which has also just launched the first “digital parenting campus”.

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Starting from the observation that children now have their first smartphone at the age of 9 on average, the Secretary of State for Children and Families announced the launch of the site jeprotegemonenfant.gouv.fr, built with digital players: social networks , operating system publishers, terminal manufacturers, video-on-demand platforms, telecoms, video game publishers, television channels and associations.

It will centralize all available resources for parents and free training will also be offered to parents. 

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