Crimes and prohibited behaviors online

With distance education, more and more teachers are asking questions about what is allowed or prohibited online and want to do prevention with their students. Here are some ideas offered by Éducaloi.

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With distance education, more and more teachers are asking questions about what is allowed or prohibited online and want to do prevention with their students.

The Éducaloi organization has just published new videos for teachers. One of them deals with prohibited crimes and behaviors online. We watched it for you, here is a summary.

From the outset, it is important to remember that the fact of committing a crime or a prohibited behavior can lead to consequences whether committed in the real world or in the virtual world. The support is different but the legal framework is the same. 

A person can be charged with a crime from the age of 12. So high school students could be prosecuted for crimes committed online. Regarding prohibited behaviors, there is no minimum age to be prosecuted. A child can be held responsible from the moment he understands the nature of his actions and the possible consequences (generally around the age of 7).

Comments made online 

Some examples presented in the Éducaloi video that could affect students in particular:

  • Threats: “It doesn't matter whether the person making the threats intends to take action or not. If the person intends to scare and is taken seriously by the victim, that is enough to make it a crime ”.
  • Harassing Communications: “Making repeated phone calls to harass another person can become a crime. And beware, text messages are considered by the judges to be phone calls.

Sharing photos or videos

A person is not allowed to share a photo or video of another person online without their consent (and this doesn't just apply to photos of intimate images that teens sometimes exchange. ). Even if the person agreed to take the photo, that doesn't mean that they agreed to share it on social media. You must therefore always validate before publishing.

And this rule also applies in the case of videoconferences, screenshots taken during “videoconferences” cannot be shared without consent.

Éducaloi's educational resources are here.

Dimension (s) of digital competence related to this article

1- Act as an ethical citizen in the digital age

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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