Reading 3 min.
in collaboration with
Dr. Saverio Tomasella (doctor of psychology and psychoanalyst)
To combat bullying at school, your children from CE2 will be presented at the start of the school year with an evaluation grid on their well-being and the situations which may present a problem within the establishment. We submitted it to Saverio Tomasella, doctor of psychology and author of “Never Bullied Again: Ending Teenage Abuse.”
It was announced at the end of September, during the presentation of the interministerial plan to combat school bullying and will be on your children’s desks between November 9 and 15. A self-assessment grid around harassment that takes into account general well-being, at school or even on social networks. The goal ? “Allow cases of harassment to be identified and acted quickly” assured Elisabeth Borne during her announcement.
A questionnaire to fill out at school
Concretely, this non-nominative form will be used to assess students from CE2 to CM2, middle school and high school to see if they have a risk of being victims of school harassment. Children and adolescents will be free to answer it or not. Two hours of school time will be allocated for this purpose between Thursday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 15, the press release announced.
Each establishment will choose to organize this time as it sees fit, but this must be done as a priority with the main teacher.
The analysis of the files will also feed into a statistical analysis carried out by the National Education Statistical Service (Depp) for an inventory.
What questions will my child be asked?
The questionnaires are already online (and in our sources). The grids have a total of four groups of questions:
- Before going to school ;
- At school ;
- On the internet and screens;
- How do you feel ?
There will be 33 of them for elementary school students, and 44 for middle and high school students. Their content will be approximately the same:
“Are you afraid of going to college/school?” “Were you pushed intentionally? ”, “Do you eat alone in the canteen?” “Are students spreading rumors about you?”, or “Are photos of you circulating without your consent?” Other questions relating to feelings are also on the list, such as sleeping well, feeling stomach aches or being able to concentrate.
A valuable idea, if the monitoring is real, for our expert
Useful questionnaire or smoke and mirrors? We asked Saverio Tomasella, doctor of psychology and author of Never harassed again: Put an end to mistreatment between adolescents. (Vuibert, 2023). According to the expert, the idea of a questionnaire (the benefits of which he also discusses in his book) to be offered to each child is very interesting: “Because this simple action shows children and adolescents that they are taken seriously, in their experiences, and that we are finally committed to listening to them, if the follow-up is real behind this document”.
But the specialist mentions some adjustments which he considers relevant to better supervise the students:
“The questionnaire is long and very direct in my opinion. It starts directly with situations on the journey and at school, and ends with feelings. In my opinion, this is an error. It would be better to start with the last part, with the most personal questions about feelings (“Does he have an appetite?”, “Is he sleeping well?”) to give them confidence and dig deeper, if indeed, there are signs of unease.”
Another piece of advice according to him would be to make this questionnaire regular and not to use it as during a single event, like a snapshot.
“It would be interesting to do it every quarter because the situation could change at any time, not just at the beginning of the year, to initiate this famous follow-up, with why not a reference professor to whom they can communicate.”
The rest will be played directly in class.