Interview. Finistère: “Intimate photos on the internet are a problem every week”

In Finistère, Warrant Officer Laurent Kaiser is the commander of the House of Prevention and Protection of Families. ©Matthieu GAIN

In Finistère, the gendarmerie group has a department specializing in fight against cyberbullying young people.

It is the House of Prevention and Protection of Families (M2PF), installed in Relecq-Kerhuon near Brest. Warrant Officer Lawrence Kaiser has been its commander since 2018.

His team includes three gendarmes. They work in schools, from primary school to university. But also in homes and leisure centers.

Overall, we take care of vulnerable groups: minors, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, seniors.

Warrant Officer Laurent Kaiser.

But 70% of the activity of his unit concerns the prevention of dangerous uses of the internet and social networks.

What are at-risk digital uses?

This term can designate what is called them naked. These are intimate photos that teenagers take of themselves and then send to their boyfriends and girlfriends on social media. These snapshots can then be widely shared.

In Finistère as elsewhere, this is a problem that comes up every week. This is why we do prevention in college from the 4th gradee and 3e to explain how sharing works and to point out that photos do not necessarily disappear instantly from the internet.

Risky digital uses are also them insults and threats on social networks; cyberbullying, pornography which is part of sexual violence, or the fact of telling your whole life online.

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In the event of cyberbullying, how should a victim react?

It’s necessary file a complaint in a gendarmerie brigade near your home or with the police.

However, we find that young people who are victims of cyberbullying do not speak first to their parents or an adult, but to their classmates.

Our role is therefore to train young people. In middle school, we intervene in particular with class delegates so that they become citizen ambassadors Internet best practices.

In the event of cyberbullying, the idea is that these ambassadors can alert an adult: a teacher, a supervisor, a school nurse, the principal educational adviser of the establishment, etc.

From there, we can protect the victim.

How do you intervene in schools?

Locally, the brigades go to schools. My colleagues then pass internet license to CM2 students. This is the first action to raise awareness of digital uses.

In addition to regular preventive actions, we intervene in the event of a major problem in an establishment to put an end to it.

We work in partnership with the departmental services of National Education, the diocesan direction of Catholic education, associations…

These relationships make it possible to be reactive. We also work with the e-Enfance association which can quickly delete content on the internet.

Your action also concerns high school and university students. Why ?

With these audiences, we place greater emphasis on digital identity. Which means everything you do on the internet: your photos, comments, posts on social networks.

Digital identity also includes everything that others write about you.

For high school and university students, everything can stay on the internet. Photos can later harm them when looking for a job, for example.

Currently, what are the most popular social networks for young people?

Whatsapp, Instagram and TikTok. It should also be remembered that their use is prohibited before the age of 13 and requires parental consent.

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Interview. Finistère: “Intimate photos on the internet are a problem every week”

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