online education

“More and more linked, with out mediation, kids might have experiences inappropriate for his or her age”

Increasingly connected, without mediation, children may have experiences that are inappropriate for their age. To support them in their digital education, the CNIL (Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés) offers resources for 8-10 year olds, usually trained from CE2 to CM2. The resource bundle entitled “Caution on the Internet” is aimed at children, their parents, teachers and educators.

Villes Internet has been working on digital education for 20 years. The association is part of the Committee of Partners of the Digital Department of the Ministry of National Education and has set up an internal working group on digital education. We are therefore very interested in the new resources created by the CNIL.

Internet cities: Ms. Marie-Laure Denis, you have been President of the CNIL since February 2, 2019, qWhat observation prompted you to create these new resources?

Marie-Laure Denis: In 2021, an external audit was carried out on the CNIL’s communication resources and actions for minors. This audit underlined the need for the CNIL to carry out a national awareness campaign on data protection issues, aimed at young people and the prescribers who support them in their use (parents, teachers, educators), with regard to the problems posed by digital technology in everyday life within the family.

In addition, it seemed essential to us to have an operational version of the work on the rights to the protection of personal data of minors that had led to the publication of 8 recommendations in 2021.[1] on our side. These new resources therefore complement the content already being distributed to support parents in digital education and encourage minors to exercise their rights.

Finally, our last campaign “Caution on the Internet” responds to the observation, corroborated by a digital behavior survey conducted on our behalf by IFOP[2], the precocity of children’s digital practices: connected from age 7, unaided. The online experience of minors requires clarification both at the level of the minors themselves and at the level of the adults who accompany them through their day.

What are these new resources?

There are four videos, a deck of cards, a quiz, two brochures – one for parents and one for teachers – and a poster/glossary. All of these resources are freely accessible on our website and all formats have been designed to be easily printed (except videos). [3]

Because the video format is preferred by children, we have produced 4 cartoons. Each video lasts between 2:30 and 3 minutes, the cognitive environment is easy to focus on the essential information. The videos describe everyday situations for children to allow for immediate identification and to grab their attention.

We decided to write down the words spoken by the different voices in order to include as many people as possible (e.g. the hearing impaired).

Each video corresponds to a specific topic that families can encounter.

online identity : Children rarely have a concept of space and time. Posting a video of yourself online can have long-term consequences. This video aims to explain this to children through two childish characters who take part in a dance competition on social networks without their parents’ consent. Your video is a fast hit. What consequences for our two heroes?

cyber harassment : The way we address others online can be shocking, because the communication between the screens deprives us of a certain number of emotional sensors. We show that in this episode. Two little girls come home from school cheerfully. At home, they expand their online exchange via social networks. One of them writes a comment meant to be funny but hurts her friend. How do you get out of this delicate situation?

Cookies : Every click counts and shapes our trading profile. In this video, a child is researching candy on the family computer because she has to give a presentation on the subject. When his mother logs on to the computer in the evening, she is attacked by advertisements for sweets. Finally, we see her get up and… get candy from the kitchen cupboard. Lucky coincidence ?

Be careful on the internet at the CNIL : This is both to explain what personal data is and to inform people about their rights and their possibility to contact the Cnil.

In the card game, each card has the same structure: 1 question and 3 possible answers. If you turn the card over, you can read the answer and the accompanying advice. A game rule is proposed to play with family, at school or with friends.

The quiz questions allow children to assess their level of knowledge about our topics based on their digital practices.

The teacher booklet contains several lesson sheets aimed at ensuring immediate uptake in the classroom.

The parents’ book explains the information about our subjects in a family setting. We also offer a range of parent-child conversation topics to encourage dialogue.

Finally, the poster/glossary consolidates the basic knowledge. We define the following words: internet, social network, search engine, IP address, cookie, browsing history, personal data, online rights.

The communities have in their competencies the organization of the educational community and in their goals the development of a common digital culture. How can Internet Cities’ network of elected officials and agents be an actor in this system?

First of all, we can support communities that want to be supported in spreading a common digital culture.

The CNIL can also take part in regular meetings with the network of elected officials and representatives of Internet cities, in particular to jointly define targeted actions to be implemented in the medium term.

This is the overall theme of the webinar that the CNIL will be attending on December 8th on “Children’s Digital Uses: Toolboxes for Communities”.

Do you have any other projects related to digital education?

We just organized an event (air2022[4]), as part of our ethical mission, titled “Developing the Ethics of Digital Education: A Collective Challenge”. This period of debate was an opportunity to bring together a certain number of stakeholders on the subject and we are now working towards publishing a notebook in the coming weeks which will aim to collate all the comments made and disseminate them further.

In addition, as part of its “Sandbox” program 2022, the CNIL supports 5 innovative “edtech” projects for several months to offer end users a service or product that complies with regulations and respects privacy.

Finally, our partnership with the Ministry of National Education continues, allowing us to collaborate in multiple areas, including teacher and manager training, on our subjects.


[2] The survey CNIL-IFOP (conducted December 2019) “Parents and their children’s digital behavior”, part “parents” (population of 1,000 parents with children aged 7 to 17) and part “child” (population of 502 people aged 10 to 17 years). Year old).




and at the 24th edition of the Label national Territoires, Villes et Villages Internet

See you on February 2nd and 3rd, 2023 in Albi – Tarn.

After two years of remote ceremonies, Internet Cities is preparing to welcome mayors, elected officials, politicians and academics to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed episcopal city.

The program includes conference debates in the presence of qualified personalities and, new this year, a course “Journey to Citizen Internet in the City”.to meet places and actors providing local digital public services. The traditional awards ceremony for the national Territoires label, Villes et Villages Internet, is all about energy of more than 300 participating municipalities in the presence of a minister.
On February 3, congregations will come together to participate in theExtraordinary general meeting of the association Villes Internet and prepare the 25th anniversary of the National Seal for a necessary assessment of existing public digital uses and services.

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