Society. Early access to social networks, a breeding ground for harassment of young people


The figures are increasingly worrying. A few weeks after the wave of harassment that affected students born in 2010, a study by the e-Enfance association and the Savings Bank reveals that 20% of young people say they have already been confronted with a cyberbullying situation.

Earlier and earlier on the networks

The study notes among other things that young people are more and more precociously on social networks, where hate messages, insults and humiliations circulate. 63% of 8-18 year olds are registered on social networks, with 3 in 10 primary school students already surfing on these platforms. In high school, 90% of them use them.

e-Enfance also notes that children have a telephone from the age of 10 on average. An age that is steadily declining: in 2017, it was at 13 that they were the object of all desires.

The typical profile of the victims shows that it is mainly girls who are affected. And the study logically suggests that it is the students most present on social networks or the most equipped in terms of new technologies who are victims.

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In addition to cyberstalking, 30% of children say they have been shocked by content unwittingly encountered on the internet or social networks: challenges / challenges on social networks, inappropriate content or malicious or unhealthy proposals from an adult.

Poor parents

Faced with all this, parents often admit that they are not sufficiently armed to fight: the first crying figure, 83% of them admit not knowing exactly what their children are doing on the internet or on social networks. However, 95% of them claim to have “implemented at least one action to prevent the risks run by their child on the Internet or on social networks”.

But it is difficult to do prevention when you are not directly confronted with the problem. Verbal warning is not enough and 9 out of 10 parents would like better psychological support, but also from schools, in order to fight against cyberbullying.


Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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