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In brief

Although children in France show higher skills in protecting themselves, the younger children show some significant gaps in their safety skills. Around one third of 11- to 12-year-olds cannot bookmark a site, and even more cannot block messages from people they do not want to hear from. Parents in France are among those who impose the most restrictions on their children’s use of the internet: 91% say that their use is restricted. Nevertheless, 5% reported online bullying. Twelve per cent have gone to an offline meeting with someone first met online. This is higher than the European average (9%).  



  • The France findings have informed the policy development guidance and initiatives of the French Ministry of Education and a delegation to prevent and tackle school bullying. More specifically the national campaign was launched in November 2013.
  • Findings have been disseminated through various teaching channels like the online free course from the Université Ouverte des Humanités.
  • A serious game in whose design Catherine Blaya participated quotes the EU Kids Online findings. 
  • The book “Les ados dans le cyberspace, prises de risque et cyberviolence” quotes the EU Kids Online survey and findings and was promoted in various educational journals

    French team

Catherine Blaye FR

Catherine Blaya is a Professor in Education Science at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France). She is Chair of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools. Her research work is dedicated to developing a better understanding of violence in schools, cyberviolence and school dropout using a cross-national comparative approach. She is also involved in the research on interventions to prevent and reduce these issues as well as in the professional training of teachers.


Aurélie Berguer (PhD) is a researcher in Education sciences. She has been studying violence and bullying through new technologies for four years. She took part in the collection of data in middle schools using a questionnaire designed by Professor Catherine Blaya to assess the nature and prevalence of cyberviolence and cyberbullying and to better understand its links with the school context. She is a member of the French team within the European-Indian research networking programme “Bullying, cyberbullying, pupil safety and well-being” and is temporary lecturer at the faculty of Education at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.


Pascal Lardellier is Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at the Université de Bourgogne (Dijon), where he is in charge of the Master's in Research in Communication and Mediations. Pascal is chief editor of “Des Hauts et Débats” at L’Harmattan’s, and co-editor of Epistémé. His research focuses on the social uses of electronic communication tools, the theories of interpersonal relations and research methods. Several of his books question the new forms of social links and culture as well as the status of social relationships, and more specifically dating, in social networks.


Michael Fartoukh is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) and member of the International Observatory on Violence in School (ESPE Nice). His research focuses on the effect of emotions on cognition through the written language. He also conducts research on internet use, emotions and risk-taking in children and adolescents and is part of the European Daphne project “Tabby in the Internet”.



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