Reflexes in case of harassment or cyberbullying problems

What is harassment ?

Harassment is based on the rejection of difference and the stigmatization of some characteristics. Harassment is defined as repeated violence that may be verbal, physical or psychological. This violence can exist at school but also on the Internet.

Cyber-harassment can occur 24/7 and no space of the intimate life of the victim is protected: Inside or outside the school and to his home.

Gou gives you these ten tips to fight harassment problems.

If you are the victim :

  • Confide yourself : Don’t be ashamed or afraid of reprisals. Dare to entrust an adult, your parents, your grandparents, your older brother or older sister. Never let the situation settle down with time.
  • Protect yourself : To avoid any problem on internet never give details about your private life and think before publishing photos as Gou advised you with the good practices on internet.
  • Act! You can report an abuse. On Facebook or on other social networks you can report abusive content and block friends who are not. Aggressor accounts can also be blocked.
  • File a claim : In the most serious cases it is possible to file a complaint against the perpetrator of the harassment. It is to your parents who are your legal representatives, to take this step.

If you are a witness :

  • To Support : Often, students, friends or classmates who are victims of harassment are excluded from class. Don’t participate to this isolation and don’t hesitate to speak to them.
  • Don’t laugh, comment or like! If it stops to have a "silent majority" or worse an audience in the school yard or social networks, the aggressor will no doubt stop his bullying. Witnesses have an important role to play against harassment
  • Talk about this : Address yourself to a class representative, an adult, or your parents if you are witness of harassment.
  • Don’t participate : If you receive a message or a humiliating photo to broadcast, delete the message instead of transferring it to your friends. You could break the chain of harassment.
  • To Convince : If the harasser is part of your group of friends, try to reason him and understand why he is doing this. Wanting to harm others is also a sign of ill-being.