Minister Blanquer during the event
9 November 2018

Against bullying: the Government joins forces with Facebook’s “Fund for Civility”

Launched in 2015, the nation’s Anti-School Bullying Day (Journée de lutte contre toutes les formes de harcèlement à l'école) was held on 8 November 2018. On the occasion of this 4th edition, the Interministerial Delegation Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hate announced its association with Facebook’s online Fund for Civility.
 

A call for projects open until 15 December 2018

The Interministerial Delegation Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hate (DILCRAH) has joined forces with Facebook’s online Fund for Civility launched on 7 November 2018. The announcement was made by Marlène Schiappa.

The initiative is overseen by a committee of independent experts from a variety of backgrounds. It includes Raymond Artis, President of the Federation of Pupils’ Parents Councils (FCPE), Patrice Huerre, child psychiatrist specialising in adolescents, and Frédéric Potier, Prefect and Interministerial Delegate Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hate.

Apart from developing critical thinking, the Fund for Civility has been provisioned with one million euros and has two main objectives against:

  • cyberbullying,
  • hate speech.
Up until 15 December 2018, associations, startups and large companies alike will have the opportunity to respond to a call for projects, with a first prize of 200,000 euros to be awarded next February and a dozen other winning projects also recompensed.

Not letting hate speech proliferate on the Internet

"The DILCRAH will contribute its expertise and proactiveness (...) for humanist and republican values", the Delegation’s representative stated. "Not letting hate speech proliferate on the Internet and promoting democratic and civic values – this must be our common goal."

Cyberbullying has become a worrying reality for the public authorities over recent years. A study published by UNICEF back in 2014 estimated that 12.5% of French children were victims of cyber-violence or cyberbullying. This study already highlighted the disquieting consequences for adolescents: 36% of teenage victims of cyberbullying stated that they suffered psychologically as a result. Yet more disquieting, the study also revealed that over a quarter of adolescents concerned had contemplated suicide.

AGAINST all forms of bullying at school

DILCRAH’s association with Facebook’s Fund for Civility is fully in line with the aims of our Anti-School Bullying Day. In France, it is estimated that some 700,000 pupils are victims of bullying at school – 5 to 6% of all schoolchildren. In order to respond to the problem, the Ministry of National Education has been conducting an ongoing awareness-raising campaign on cyberbullying since 2015.

"All children must be able to go to school in full confidence, confidence in their schoolfellows and in themselves", the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, stated. A website has been inaugurated to provide assistance to victims of school bullying and includes pages for witnesses of violence, pupils’ parents and education professionals. The dedicated hotline number 3020 is also at the service of victims of bullying and their families.

 

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