Children born in 2010 and 2011 are bullied in France (symbol image)
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Bullying and propaganda against ten and eleven year olds have sparked criticism and confusion in France.
The focus of the debate is the hashtag # Anti2010, which is directed against children born in 2010.
The phenomenon must be taken very seriously, said the chairman of the association E-enfance for the protection of children on the Internet, Justine Atlan, the French broadcaster France Info.
Threats on TikTok
With the start of the school year at the beginning of September, numerous children of the 2010 class started at the Collège.
According to media reports, they are now being annoyed by older classmates there.
They are also threatened on social media and especially on the TikTok platform.
France's Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has now called on older children to welcome the newcomers to the college in a nice way.
Regarding the bullying campaign, he says: "This is of course completely stupid."
Schools have been warned about the phenomenon.
In search of the reasons
Meanwhile, France's older generation is trying to understand the origins of the hostility.
As the French broadcaster BFMTV reported, it is about the computer game "Fortnite".
Younger players are said to have not obeyed some of the rules there, older players take it against them.
According to the newspaper »Le Parisien«, a song by the young singer »Pink Lily« also plays a role.
In “Pop it Mania” the girl sings, among other things, “We are the queens of 2010” and “Born in 2010 and already part of all the trends”.
The lines are an allusion to the quarrels in the gaming scene, wrote the newspaper.
With the video clip, hostilities also became a topic outside of the scene.
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