MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
“I am consumed with sadness, a certain neurasthenia has taken hold of me and every day I cry, I cry because I am alone, sad, overwhelmed; sometimes I even wonder what if I disappeared? Would anyone really miss me? I can’t stand myself anymore, I feel my body and my mind curl up on themselves, and the only thing I want is to leave, to flee far, to a place where the internet does not exist not, a place where I will be serene, a place where I can escape and this forever. You will probably never read this letter, but please help me, I am lost, completely helpless ”.
These are the words of a 16-year-old student who wanted to share with me her testimony as a harassed teenager.
In July 2019, in front of the education ministers of the G7 countries, and at the invitation of Jean-Michel Blanquer, I tried to be the spokesperson for those we do not hear. I had taken the testimonies given to me by children and adolescents confronted with bullying at school and its painful and tragic consequences. The youngest was 5 years old. I also used the words of parents who were totally helpless and helpless in the face of this scourge. What would a mother ask me? What to say to a child who asks him to let him die.
You cannot not hear them.
They are not asking us just to be their spokesperson but to make it stop.
Unfortunately, the situation has not improved in recent months.
The confinement experienced, and still experienced by a number of countries, has been marked by a considerable increase in cases of cyberstalking.
Schools have a central role to play and many initiatives have already been taken, particularly in France. I would cite volunteer student ambassadors, teachers who have received specific training or even “harassment” referents mobilized in each academy.
The vast majority of social media have yet to respond to the problem. They would grow up reporting a child or adolescent in danger, immediately removing hateful and infamous content, denouncing threats. They know what to do, why don’t they do it systematically?
The organization of this first “International Conference against Violence and Bullying in Schools”, including cyber-bullying, is an essential sign of the common will to act.
I know, having spoken about it with other heads of state spouses, that they are also mobilized. I would like to suggest that they join forces.
You can count on my determination to continue this fight and on the full commitment of the President of the French Republic.
Thank you. Children and teens need to know they can count on us. And we’ll be there for them.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.