Editorial following the Veillard Cybulski Forum, by Sule Uregen, MIDE intern, 31 January 2019

2019 01 31 ED compte rendu veillard S Uregen

The elected word of the year 2013 and true societal phenomenon, where every second, 1'076 selfies are taken around the world. This trend is not without risk since in 2015, selfies killed more people than shark attacks.

Every day, more than 175,000 children connect to the Internet for the first time and, following the democratization of smartphones, children are inevitably exposed to the global trend of selfies. On November 6, 2018, the Veillard-Cybulski Fund Association organized a forum on this theme entitled "Sexy, my selfie! Flirt with the norm and the limits of privacy: attention danger..." While no one can dispute the significant benefits brought forth by new technologies, the use of images on the Internet still involves risks and dangers that no one can deny.

Curious to discover their bodies, children used to play doctor in their room. But, according to Elizabeth Milovidov, consultant in electronic security, with the arrival of new technologies, these sexual games that are part of the psycho-sexual development of the child have been transposed into a world that has no boundaries: that of social networks, where the dissemination of the pornographic image of a child can be done very broadly and quickly and without their knowledge. The concepts of critical thinking and danger have not yet been acquired during childhood. The consultant stressed the vital importance of dialogue with young people, digital natives who are better able to understand the operation and contents of social networks that adults sometimes ignore. In this sense, Juvenile Justice Judge Eduardo Redondo recalled that the main objectives of juvenile courts are to prevent, sensitize and empower young people to make them aware of the consequences that their online activities may engender, rather than criminalize or moralize. In Switzerland, the Federal Council intends to actively fight to ensure the country's security against threats from cyberspace where children are widely represented. To this end, in April 2018, the Federal Council adopted the new Swiss National Cybersecurity Protection Strategy (SNPC) for the years 2018 to 2022.

Young people nowadays are growing up in a borderless digital world that leaves no room for intimacy, where, in search of perfection and validation from the outside world, they want to see and be seen, and where the filters on social networks now define the criteria of beauty.

pdfPrésentation d'Elizabeth Milovidov au Forum Veillard-Cybulski 2018

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