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The Week Ahead Europe: EU to discuss safer internet, tech laws for children

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The Week Ahead Europe: EU to discuss safer internet, tech laws for children

The European Union is planning to step up efforts to increase online safety for children, generally deemed the most vulnerable and the most enthusiastic internet users, as well as avid technology adopters. The European Commission will meet July 31 to discuss European parental controls for enabling safer digital experiences for children.

European officials estimate that one of every three people who go online is under 18 and that, on average, children start to use the internet at the age of seven. Between the ages of nine and 16, children are thought to spend up to 88 minutes a day online.

The drive to raise awareness of online child safety issues goes hand in hand with policies under the Digital Single Market in Europe, aimed at addressing extremist and offensive content, online privacy, cybersecurity and the need for digital literacy.

The European-wide efforts coincide with a French ban on mobile phones in schools from September, which was one of the campaign pledges made by President Emmanuel Macron during the 2017 French presidential elections.

The law, aimed at improving concentration in class for children up to the age of 15, will be discussed by the country's National Assembly this week.

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Europe:
July 31 European Commission to discuss European parental control for enabling safer digital experiences for children.
France:
July 30 National Assembly discussion on laws banning the use of mobile phones in schools from September.
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