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Porn content and sexuality: “A whole education to review” – France
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Nothing could be easier for a minor than accessing pornographic content in one click. However, French law prohibits it?

Yes, but it is still not applied. The president of the CSA (Higher Audiovisual Council) did indeed enjoin, last December, eight worldwide pornographic sites to bring themselves into conformity by adopting a system of verification of the majority of age of Internet users more rigorous than the simple click of confirmation “Yes, I am over 18 years old. The deadline passed and nothing was done. The next step, legal, will aim to block the sites concerned as long as they have not complied with the law. The tools exist and we cannot sacrifice the protection of children on the altar of the protection of personal data, a fallacious argument behind which these sites take refuge.

All you have to do is use a third-party verification company that does not trace or store any data.

“Teenagers who rented an X movie 30 years ago were aware of crossing the yellow line. »

Yesterday, VHS tapes, today, internet… Is my teenager abnormal because he watches porn photos or videos?

You have to make the distinction. We have, on the one hand, children, confronted with increasingly young screens, which must be avoided from accessing very well referenced sites and knowing how to use innocuous keywords to appear in search results. And we have teenagers, who are neither deviant nor sexually deranged, but who see their bodies in full transformation and, faced with their questions, meet adults who run off when it comes to talking about sexuality. Being part of an ultra-connected generation, it’s normal that they go looking for answers on their own, and porn sites are there for that.

Thirty years ago, prohibitions were clearly marked. Teenagers who rented an X movie between friends were aware of crossing the yellow line. But, since these porn sites exist, the prohibitions are much more vague. And we are no longer talking about the same pornography at all.

“It is impossible today, between the ages of 9 and 12, not to fall, intentionally or fortuitously, on pornographic content. »

That is to say ?

Violence reigns supreme there, as well as the degradation of women. In the absence of deconstruction of these images and educational counter-discourse, the risk is that the most fragile adolescents may see in them a form of free access tutorial.

What advice do you give parents to protect their children?

First, stop putting on blinkers: it is impossible today, between the ages of 9 and 12, not to fall, intentionally or accidentally, on pornographic content. To avoid trauma in the most vulnerable children, it is essential to prepare them for this. Two, when this happens, they need to be able to talk to an adult about it without fear of being scolded. Rule number 3: do not leave your young teenager without answers. If, because of one’s own upbringing, one does not feel capable of discussing with him anything relating to sexuality, one can appeal to online resources. We reference some of them on our Open site

: the Swiss web series Teen Spirit on YouTube, the Sexotuto of the educational channel Lumni…

The image is worth more than a long speech?

In any case, it’s an interesting prism, the starting point for a more effective discussion than an embarrassed conversation like “What’s that bottle of milk? »…

“In France, we have never approached things except through health and hygiene issues. »

Talking about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases is not enough?

That is the sad summary of thirty years of bitter failure of sex education in France: we have never approached things except through health and hygiene issues, ignoring the essential notions of consent, pleasure, knowledge of his body and the body of the other.

What do you expect from the bill examined this Wednesday in the Assembly, aimed at forcing manufacturers of connected objects to integrate, by default, free parental control?

This is going in the right direction. Parental control settings can also be an opportunity to start a dialogue on the place of digital tools in the family: time spent in front of screens, who has the right to do what… Knowing that, as in real life, There are many and varied risks on the internet: pornography, scams, cyberbullying…

* www.open-asso.org

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