Jasmine Roy on a crusade against cyberbullying

News 19 December, 2017
  • “The Holiday season, it is really the time to talk about the bullying with our young people, especially with everything that happened this year in relation to inappropriate behaviour,” said Jasmin Roy, who launched her campaign on the subject Tuesday.

    Elisa Cloutier

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:00

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:00

    Look at this article

    At the time of the time of the Feasts, family gatherings will be the perfect opportunity to address the problem of cyberbullying, according to Jasmin Roy, who is launching a new awareness campaign against this scourge ” that affects too many teenagers.”

    “This is an opportunity for parents to talk with their young people around a good meal. To say what is inappropriate behaviour on the web, what is a behavior equal ? ” says the president of the Foundation bearing his name, which is fighting against bullying.

    As of Tuesday, photos of teenagers checking their phone will be published on the social networks and in the newspapers. “With this image, we want to demonstrate that sometimes, it doesn’t seem as serious because it is happening on the web, but the impact is there,” said Roy, noting that the shadow of the hand with which teenagers keep their phone creates the shading of the assault, sometimes sexual, of which they are victims.

    “The girls are two times more at risk,” says Mr. Roy, who was keen on launching this new campaign on Tuesday to highlight the extensive Statistics Canada study on cyber harassment, made public at the same date last year.

    Sexual misconduct

    The numerous cases of sexual misconduct on the part of several public figures revealed this year are also an additional reason to address the subject, according to him. “We’ve talked a lot about sexual assault this year, but the cyber-bullying, there are,” he said.

    According to the research Chair on security and violence in the educational environment (SEVEQ), 95.7% of high school students say they have unsupervised access to the internet at home and 52.7 % have access to it freely without supervision at the school. Data ” very disturbing “, according to Jasmin Roy, which mentions that the parents also have a role to play. “It’s important to supervise them when they go on the web and, most importantly, to work upstream on the awareness, explain to the children that there are behaviours that are inappropriate, without scare them, but inform them that we are here to listen and help him get out of this problem “, he adds.


    • 17 % of young people between 15 and 29 years, nearly 1.1 million people, reported having been victims of cyber-bullying or cyber-bullying.
    • 7 % of young women reported having been victims of cyber-bullying, compared to 5 % among young men.
    • 12.3% of heterosexual and bisexual men aged 15 to 29 years old say they have been victims of cyber-bullying and cyber-bullying, compared to 4.8% for the heterosexuals.

    Source : Statistics Canada