Faced with suicides due to school bullying which are increasing, the government has decided to act and will announce tomorrow, Wednesday September 27, an interministerial plan to fight against this scourge. What measures are planned? Will they be enough to put an end to school bullying? The point of view of Hugo Martinez, founder of the HUGO! against school bullying.
For several months, school bullying has caused tragedy, pushing some adolescents to suicide. To fight this scourge, the government will announce tomorrow, Wednesday September 27, an interministerial plan including several measures.
What is the digital curfew?
In addition to being able to remove the harassing student from the establishment to which he belongs, the government, through the voice of Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister, announces the future establishment of a digital curfew for this type of students as well.
This educational measure will be taken against the harassing student from the start of the legal procedure for alleged harassment. The idea is to deprive the teenager of access to social networks, between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next morning, a decision pronounced by a children’s judge, and therefore not concerning all harassing students, outside this framework. .
What are the sanctions if it is not respected?
If on paper the idea seems good, it is difficult to imagine its concrete implementation in practice. How to prevent a teenager from accessing a computer or simply the cell phone of another member of his family? The question is valid. According to our colleagues from Le Parisien, it would be up to the parents of the harassing student to monitor him. And what would the sanctions be, if we realize that the sanction has indeed not been respected? The government’s idea would be to consider this non-compliance as an aggravating circumstance. And to increase the final sanction of the harassing student.
Questioned on the subject, Hugo Martinez, founder of the HUGO! against school bullying, welcomes the measure. “We cannot speak of the effectiveness of this measure at the moment, it is too early, we will have to see when the time comes. But it is an interesting measure, because it echoes the government’s desire for firmness in the face of the issue of school bullying.“.
For him, it is necessary to put in place strong measures, even imperfect ones, to respond to the problem. “Obviously, in certain cases, parents will not be there to monitor their child and actually implement the measure. We must therefore try, this digital curfew will be subjected to a sort of “crash test”. But it’s positive, we have a government and a minister who want to make things happen, let’s wait and see what that gives“.
What other measures are being considered?
Among the other measures put forward by the Minister of National Education, there is the systematic confiscation of the phones of young people accused of cyberharassment. Finally, Gabriel Attal also wants to facilitate controls on the “digital majority”. Objective: prevent under-15s from registering on social networks without their parents’ consent. To implement this measure, the minister proposes using the EduConnect file, which allows you to connect to the National Education digital platform.