French organisers: families must discuss screen use

Safer Internet Day on February 5 promotes the pros and warns against the cons of internet use

Many issues worry parents about their children using the internet, from cyber-bullying, inappropriate images and video, to sorting out real information from “fake news”.

February 5 is Safer Internet Day, which will try to tackle and debate these issues.

The campaign began as an EU project in 2004 but now takes place in 140 countries.

This year the theme is “Together for a Better Internet”.

Organisers in France believe the most important issue is to learn how and to what extent we should incorporate digital screens into our daily lives.

Deborah Elalouf, president of Tralalere, which creates educational digital resources and organises France’s Safer Internet Day, said: “The greatest risk is that people are wasting too much time in front of screens and losing the sense of what is important.

“It is increasingly common to see everyone sitting together in a family but each one is interacting with their mobile and not the person next to ...

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