Starting Thursday, a ‘famzone’ in front of Saint-Lazare station to teach young people how to protect themselves on Instagram

The prevention
Updated on 11/29/23 at 5:33pm

From Thursday until Sunday, an Instagram stand will be set up on the forecourt of Gare Saint-Lazare to teach families how to protect themselves online.

It’s like a fan zone for football, but in the “famzone,” we talk about the risks of the internet. We’re not gathering for the match of the year, but to welcome parents and children for exchanges to learn how to protect themselves online, especially on one of the favorite platforms of young people, Instagram. From Thursday, November 30th to Sunday, December 3rd, the people of Île-de-France will be able to exchange and meet experts on the forecourt of Gare Saint-Lazare to raise awareness about the risks present on social media and educate themselves on the tools available online.

From 10 am to 8 pm, the Meta group promises “concrete solutions” for worried parents and inexperienced children over four days. Because it can’t be denied, every teenager who receives their first phone may not necessarily be able to protect themselves online. “We are very happy to meet families to show them the protection tools they can already use on Instagram. I hope that every family that walks through the FamZone door feels heard, understood, and leaves with the keys they need to implement solutions adapted to their challenges,” rejoices Capucine Tuffier, in charge of child protection at Meta France.

This prevention is useful given the significant number of young people on Instagram. In France, according to Statista, 84% of 16-25 year olds claimed to use the platform, an increase of 20 points in five years. It is even more widely used than TikTok and Snapchat. According to a survey by the Diplomeo website, many young people (70%) find most of the fun on Instagram, but the platform also leads to “negative feelings.” Loss of self-confidence (17%), sadness (16%), hate (13%), as well as despair and anxiety (10%). According to the same study, 12% reported being victims of cyberbullying on social media. Faced with this observation, Instagram is finally trying to respond to the proverb “prevention is better than cure.”


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