Olivier Véran, Minister of Solidarity and Health, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, Cédric O, Secretary of State for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications and Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State in charge of Children and Families sign today, alongside thirty actors, the protocol of commitments widening the site jeprotegemonenfant.gouv.fr

Resulting from a partnership approach involving public authorities, digital actors, television channels, video-on-demand platforms, telecoms, video game publishers and associations for child protection and support for parenthood, This protocol embodies the desire of public and private actors to prevent excessive and inappropriate use of screens by facilitating public access to reliable information and benchmarks on the responsible use of screens.

Children aged 3 to 17 spend an average of three hours a day in front of screens, a screen time that tends to increase with age (1) The lockdowns linked to the health crisis have highlighted the unavoidable place of screens in the daily life of all French people. From March to May 2020, children aged 6 to 12 had a daily screen exposure rate of approximately seven hours (including time spent on education) (2).

If screens contribute to the development of the child and young adolescent and to the development of the family, early exposure and overexposure to screens to inappropriate content can have harmful effects (language delay, concentration difficulties, cognitive delay, etc.) 

Faced with this observation, many parents are calling for precise tools and signage: 44% of them do not feel sufficiently supported in the digital practice of their child(s) (3). The January 2020 report of the High Council of Public Health reflects these expectations and thus reminds us that it is essential to be at their side.

To better support parents, the site https://jeprotegemonenfant.gouv.fr launched in February 2020 will be expanded in the coming weeks to become a single information portal on digital parenting. The platform will centralize – for parents – the practical tools and resources needed for reasonable use of screens by minors.

Collectively, as parents, but also as professionals, we have a responsibility to prepare for the future with a double challenge: to protect our children from the dangers of screens so that they do not get lost by being at their side so that they learn to develop ways to become citizens of a connected and responsible society.

A total of 30 co-signatories are engaged : Ministry of Health and Solidarity, Ministry of Culture, Secretary of State for Children and Families, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, CSA, CNAF, Apple, Bouygues Telecom, the association Cofrade, the E-enfance association, the Ennocence association, Arte Education, Facebook, the Fédération Française des Télécoms, the Fédération Nationale des Ecoles des Parents et des Educateurs, the Fondation pour l'Enfance, the France TV group, the Génération Numérique association, Google, la Ligue de l'Enseignement, le groupe M6 et Gulli, Netflix, l'Observatoire de la Parentalité et de l'Education Numérique, Orange, Samsung Electronic France, SFR, le Syndicat des éditeurs de logiciels de loisirs, TikTok, l'association UNAF, Youtube.

(1) Behaviour data mainly from INCA 3 studies (conducted by ANSES, 2017) and Esteban (conducted by Santé Publique France, 2017)

(2) Covid-Ecrans-En-Famille survey conducted by Catherine Dessinges and Orélie Desfriches Doria, June 2020

(3) MEDIAMETRIE-OPEN and UNAF study January 2020