Nudity, revenge porn, harassment: The Internet, a wonderful and dangerous tool, advice from gendarmes

Nudity, revenge porn, harassment: The Internet, a wonderful and dangerous tool, advice from gendarmes

Cyberbullying sometimes drives young people to the point of suicide. “Currently, there is no brigade in France that has not been confronted with it at least once,” the gendarmes state. ©Adobe Stock Photo (illustration)

Internet is an amazing tool. But it is also something that has its dangers. In order to inform parents, Léo-Ferré College in Ambrières-les-Vallées v Mayenne organize an evening animated by gendarmes. Selected pieces.

Social networks

The gendarmes begin their intervention by marking the social networks that young people use the most. Today, Facebookfor them is aging.

Young people use Snapchat the most, followed by Instagram and Tik Tok, which is growing rapidly and represents the most serious problem today,” suggests specialist Constable Leriche. “There is no control on this last network.

Investigators know that the site can be used mainly by cyber predators to identify their “prey”, by creating fake accounts, acting under a pseudonym or a false identity. in the case of pedophiles, their goal is to organize meetings.

Solution: discuss with the young person, exchange with them so that they understand why certain aspects of social networks can be dangerous.

Games

Popular games are also other forms of social networks (cancel the serviceFortnite, Fifa…). Violent exchanges can take place there, bad encounters can also take place there, initially virtual, they become real.

Inappropriate porn and content

More and more young people are viewing photos or videos on the web that are not suitable for their age. However, their young brains are not able to process information and take it the way it should be taken. This can cause a feeling of restlessness, sadness.

“Of course one thinks of porn, but it’s not just like that, there can also be very violent scenes, videos of combat sports like MMA, for example (Mixed Martial Arts)”.

The problem is that all this content is very easily accessible. If there are means of control, especially by age, they can easily be circumvented, and young people often know how to do it.

Solution: filter content accessible to the young person from the clipboard, by contacting the operator and/or installing the software, explain the situation to the young person.

Revenge porn

A couple is filmed making love (either by mutual agreement or without the other’s knowledge). The story ends. One of the two – fired, fired? – publishes a video on the site in revenge mode. It is Revenge porn. The consequences can be painful… In any case: be vigilant, avoid filming? “Forty-eight cases of this type have been identified in Mayenne”.

Videos: currently on Actu

Temporarily

Harassment may have occurred before the Internet. However, it started in school or college and ended there. This gave the youngster a moment of respite. “It’s different from the Internet. The harassment, now online, continues evening, night, morning. It’s cyberbullying, more complex’

The gendarmes intervened in the Ambrières multipurpose room towards the parents.
The gendarmes intervened in the Ambrières multipurpose room towards the parents. ©Guillaume JEANNE

Nude and personal photos

The so-called “naked” phenomenon is developing. This is when children or teenagers take pictures of their private parts and post them on the Internet and some social networks.

“It’s become quite a common occurrence and for some young people posting such photos is almost a harmless, banal act,” Constable Leriche elaborates. It is obviously very dangerous. But the problem is that young people under the age of about 12 don’t have all the tools to understand how serious it is.

“You should know that any photo posted on the website can never be deleted afterwards, or it is very difficult.”

As a result, content posted online can continue to harm a person for a very long time. Nudes can attract people with bad intentions. In a broader sense, what applies to “naked” applies to all kinds of photos of different content, e.g. evoking personal life (clothing, lifestyle, preferences, passions). All published photos can indeed be used for the abuse originally intended. If they are commented negatively, they can cause mockery, ridicule, harassment and actually put the young contributor through hell.

The solution: warn the young person in advance about the risks of posting personal photos or even nude photos on the Internet.

Conclusion

“You have to be alert. Parents need to communicate well with their children about the web. However, you shouldn’t overdo it either. You can’t put a child on the sidelines. Internet must be a part of life today. Young people need to socialize and the internet is a good way to do that.”

Gendarmes of the Mayenne Company

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