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Faced with the risk of harassment of children born in 2010, the call for a start



It is a phenomenon a priori absurd. For several weeks, on social networks, Tik Tok and Twitter in mind, some children born in 2010 have been targeted by adolescents sometimes barely older than them. By messages grouped under the hashtag “anti2010”, they insult or threaten them. Because of their year of birth.

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Originally, it seems that it was rivalries between players between “big” and “small” on the Fortnite video game that ignited the powder. “This video game targets 8-11 year olds, explains Pascal Plantard, anthropologist of digital uses. In general, as we grow up, we stop playing it, except for the most vulnerable, dropouts, etc. These are then also on Tik Tok. It is possible that a handful of them made the catwalk, on the occasion of a simple initial bickering between a large and a “2010”, creating wildfire. “

Insults and bullying disrupted the playgrounds

As a result, since the start of the school year, insults and bullying have disrupted certain school playgrounds, because the 2010 generation has entered 6th. Parents then alerted the FCPE. “They were concerned for the safety of their children. Some had received messages like “I found the address of a 2010, let’s go” ”, testifies Carla Dugault, co-president of the parents’ federation. To a much lesser extent, Florence’s daughter, educated in “A quiet college in Nantes” has also heard echoes of this war, even though she does not have a smartphone. “Since the beginning of the year, in the queue of the canteen, the adults have doubled the 6e, humming songs heard on anti2010. The 6e do not dare to defend themselves and eat last lunch every day ”, says the mother of the family. Warned, the establishment reacted: “The head teacher broached the subject during the classroom hour. She advised to work on repartee and to warn adults in case of problems ”, continues Florence.

The emergence of such phenomena questions and their extent can only question adults, primarily in schools. “The bullying of the youngest is as old as the college itself, explains historian Claude Lelièvre. The first cycle of secondary school has always been a time of tension exerted on the weakest students by the strongest, especially among boys. Digital bullying is the new expression of an old problem ”, according to him. However, it is more difficult to answer them, because the problems “Now take root outside our walls”, continues Jean-Rémi Girard, president of SNALC, national union of high schools and colleges: “With the arrival of social networks, it’s more complicated, it’s harder to know what’s really going on. “

Also, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, intervened in person. In a video, posted on social networks, he wanted to “Welcome to 2010”. He also sent a letter, on September 23,principals, calling on them to “Be very attentive and (to) put in place the appropriate reporting and management procedures. (…). “

“A solemn appeal to the government”

Expecting everything from college would nevertheless be a mistake, warns Thomas Rohmer, president of the Open association and digital specialist. It is necessary, according to him, above all to rearm the parents in their educational role. “Who equips the children? Who creates social networks? Teenagers or adults? “, he asks provocatively. So he launches “A solemn appeal to the government for the immediate holding of an interministerial working group, with associations and operators to make applicable the law on the GDPR”, the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Indeed, since June 20, 2018, France has adopted this text which “None of the points planned to protect children is respected”, he argues: creation of a right to be forgotten for minors, obligation for platforms to make their conditions of use intelligible, principle of “digital majority”. Concretely, the law therefore states that children under 13 are not allowed on social networks and that between 13 and 15 years old, they must obtain the consent of their parents. “But this is not at all what happens”, deplores Pascal Plantard. According to a study he conducted among all Breton schoolchildren from 5e in 2020, “More than 98% were present on at least one social network” and 79% had not requested parental consent “.

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