REPORT The digital world poses serious challenges to children's privacy and reputation
Teenagers and children are statistically more exposed to the risk of being witnesses or perpetrators of cyberbullying. — NICOLAS MESSYASZ/SIPA
“How to protect children while respecting their freedom?” The Defender of Rights gave a spotlight on the right of children to a private life, a thorny challenge for all families, particularly with regard to the digital universe, in an annual report whose publication coincides with the day of the rights of the child ;celebrated this Sunday.
Cyberbullying, cybersexism, “revenge porn”, “deep fakes” the image and to oblivion: the digital world does indeed pose serious challenges to people. the privacy of children as to their reputation.
Respect du corps, usages numériques, secret médical,… La vie privée des enfants recouvre tout ce qui touche à leur intimité et qui doit être préservé du regard des autres.
— Défenseur des droits (@Defenseurdroits) November 17, 2022
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“When it comes to children, it’s sometimes hard to contemplate the very idea that they have a right to a child’s right to children’ a private life and to spaces of privacy and secrecy,” observes the Defender of Rights, Claire Hédon in her annual report. A quarter of middle school students say, for example, that they have experienced at least one stroke. online privacy, according to a quoted figure; by report.
To assert the right to privacy “too often violated,” independent therefore lists 33 proposals addressed to the public authorities. Claire Hédon thus recommends training “parents and children every year back to school digitally, their right to the image, to the right to oblivion” the possibility to have content removed from the Internet.
Warning against “unboxing” with children
In this report, for which more than 1,100 people aged 6 to 12 21 years have been consulted, it appears that young people want to be made more aware of the “right to the image”. In particular, they ask that it be possible “to have images or videos deleted” about them on social networks. The report indeed points to a “multiplication of disputes between parents and young adults whose childhood photos and private details of their lives have been stolen. ” without their consent.
As such, Claire Hédon wished to warn against a practice now widespread on social networks: “unboxing” film a child unpacking a product, and thus promote it. These videos are often produced by parent-influencers, who thus expose their children.
“” raises the question of their exploitation – child labor is prohibited, except for exceptions provided for and framed by law – and the remuneration of parents for this work of their children”, writes in her report the defender of rights, seized by the Observatory of Parenting. and Digital Education (OPEN).