School harassment: “act so that it is no longer inevitable”

School harassment: “act so that it is no longer inevitable”
School harassment: “act so that it is no longer inevitable”

Emotion and determination. On April 24, the city of Argenteuil organized to the Atrium a conference around the fight against school harassment. An event attended by Jenny Khalid, the mother by Alishathe 14-year-old girl murdered in 2021 by two young people her age. “Harassment is a tragedy that we must know how to face in order to better combat it,” summarized George Mothron, mayor of Argenteuil at the opening of the evening. “It is up to us to act so that this is not no longer a fatality.”.

Act yes. But how ? Parents and young people alike often feel helpless. The Florimont association, which works to prevent cyber harassmentgave some keys. “With social networks, there are multiple risks. Before opening an account for them, it is important to speak with your children, to help them understand what they will face, and how to react. Above all, the members of the association insist: “Opening an account on social networks before the age of 13 is illegal! The cyber majority is 15 years old in France. And between 13 and 15 years old, parental consent is required.”

Accessible tools to decipher the emergency and act with relevance

THE role of parents is therefore essential. “Watch your children, talk to them. We have to be there for them,” insisted Jenny Khalid. Often, changes in behavior appear among young people who are bullied, and even among stalkers. Increased aggression, loss of appetite, drop in school results… Signs that are sometimes difficult to spot. Discussing between adults can also help.

Once harassment has taken hold, you also need to know how to react quickly. Of the tools come into being, as toll free number 3018, accessible 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., coupled with a mobile application. These tools are there to decipher the emergency of the situation and give the relevant steps to be continued. They also act as “ trusted third party » to enable rapid removal of inappropriate content on the platforms.

Law enforcement encourages people to talk about harassment, particularly at the police station

On the side of law enforcement, we even encourage people to push open the door of the police station. For yourself, for your child, or even for the child of a third party. Here too, trained personnel will decipher the urgency of the situation. In case of complaint or reportingA prosecutor will systematically be seized of the file. “In any case, you need preserve the evidence”, insists curator Julie Benoît. “Screenshots, videos, photos… we must give ourselves the means to act.”

Yet, “when this happens to police station doorsit is also that we have failed, collectively,” recalls one of the six Val d’Oise police officers, in charge of prevention in schools. The hundred people present this April 24 at the Atrium hope in any case not to have to come to this again. The municipality of Argenteuil, which announced that a plaque will soon commemorate Alisha’s memory, is deploying its own measures: publishing a practical guide for young people and parents, mediation in neighborhood centers, prevention through theater in schools. With a single watchword: talk about harassment For avoid drama and eradicate this scourge.

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