Why a label?

On the internet, insults and harassment between users are prevalent and become commonplace. The Respect Zone label is a new, positive tool to counter cyberbullying.

Adopting the Respect Zone label sends a signal that your online space is a zone of respect.

Sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, attacks on persons with disabilities... On the Internet and on social networks, violence and hatred are increasingly prevalent. With Respect Zone, all Internet users (from the single user to the most important internet providers) have a new tool to combat cyberbullying.

The principle is simple. Wearing the Respect Zone label means encouraging its online users to use their words with moderation and ensuring freedom of expression for all users, to protect the most vulnerable among us from the hate speech polluting our online space.

The Manifesto Against Cyberbullying

40 % OF HIGH SCHOOL AND
COLLEGE STUDENTS in France
reported that they have been
 victims of cyberbullying at least 
once during the school year
 (sms, social networks... ) 

12% OF THEM
were victims of online
identity theft and 6%
reported being repeatedly
bullied online.

10,000 ALERTS
 of xenophobic content
signalled to the National
 Police in 2012, via
its website
 internet-signalement.gouv.fr

51% OF CASES OF LGBT–PHOBIA
 occur on the Internet

Our origins

At the origins of Respect Zone is the association: "Hate Prevention Initiative", registered with the Register of the Tribunal of first instance of Strasbourg since 2012. Bringing together various professionals (especially with law and history backgrounds) acutely aware of the problems of cyberbullying and dissemination of hate content online, the association created the "Respect Zone" citizen label in 2014. This new, online initiative fights against the negative excesses posted online.

The association had already made its mark in 2009 by warning the public about the entrance in the public domain, and the future commercialization, of the Mein Kampf book in 2016. This campaign has remained in the memories of people today and has given rise to retranslations of the book which include teaching material and critical assessments developed by teams of scientists from publishers renowned for reputable and reliable content.

Today, the Initiative for the Prevention of Hate affirms its commitment to accountability of all internet actors by offering Respect Zone, the online citizen label.

More information on the Initiative for the Prevention of Hate can be found on www.hateprevention.org.

All the supporters of the association on www.hateprevention.org/fr/supports/.

Because the Internet must remain a space of free and peaceful communication,
we all share the responsibility of setting an example of respect online.
Making the Internet a genuine "Respect Zone" requires a strong response against hateful
content polluting the online space.

REFUSING CYBERVIOLENCE TOGETHER

We strongly denounce different forms of violence present
on the Internet, especially on social networks
(insults, threats, exclusion, harassment, discrimination, hate).

FIGHT ALL DISCRIMINATION

Through our actions, we oppose all forms of discrimination
and all hate messages on the Internet
(anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia).

EMPOWERING CITIZENS AND SCHOLARS AND MAKING THEM ACCOUNTABLE

Because there is no free space without rule of law, due process and justice,
we call for self-regulation of our expression online through the
responsibilisation of each one of us and an awareness
by everyone of this.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Everyone needs to be aware of this problem, starting from right now.

Let's be upstanders, not bystanders.

Because cyberbullying has never been stronger than it is today,
we need to lay the foundations of a tolerant, peaceful
and respectful online space.

A label for all

Today, online users are more than ever exposed to cyberbullying and its detrimental effects. E-commerce sites, media, institutions, single actors... All users may experience offending and negative language from their online interlocutors.

The Respect Zone label is here to delineate an area which provides support to all the players, companies and individuals alike, who are actively and personally engaged in a process of pacification of online exchanges, and in enhancing their sense of respect.

Accompanied by Respect Zone, labelled entities represent a real guarantee of control over their online space and trust in their relationship with their digital counterparts.

The Respect Zone Charter

Affixing the Respect Zone logo on your website, means publicly displaying your civic engagement against cyberbullying. In practice, it also means joining our charter stipulating the five terms of use for the label:

 

 

1) I RESPECT OTHERS. 

I publish content (texts, hashtags, photos, sounds, videos, etc.) which recognizes the fundamental rights and liberties of other people, whether in  on line or off-line contexts.  

 

 

2) I MODERATE MY CONTENT AND STATEMENTS.

I take care not to publish or support cyber-violent content (including bullying, racism, antisemitism, homophobia, sexism, discrimination or stigmatism of origin, belief, religion or disability and incitement of hate, violence or terrorism). 

 

 

3) I MODERATE CONTENT PLACED BY OTHERS ON MY WEBSITES/WEBPAGES.

When I identify or am notified of content contrary to this charter, I will as soon as possible, act in an appropriate manner, either by affirmatively disassociating myself from that content or removing it. 

 

 

4) I WILL POST THE RESPECT ZONE LABEL.

I will post the Respect Zone label in a visible manner on my page or website (home page, header or with other links) and will include a link to the website www.respectzone.org.  

 

 

5) I WILL USE THE RESPECT ZONE LABEL ONLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS CHARTER.  

I recognize that the Respect Zone label is authorized for use only as set out in this charter and I will not use it otherwise.

 

 

Anyone violating these rules is liable to be withdrawn from the use of the label. Content can be text (including hashtag), visual, audio or video.

All the versions of the Respect Zone charter:

French version of the new Respect Zone Charter - September 2015

English version of the new Respect Zone Charter - September 2015

Spanish version (translation by Catherine Blaya) - June 2015

Greek version (translation by Christina Douka) - June 2015

Italian version (translation by Valentina Auliso) - June 2015

Dutch version - June 2015

Latin version (translation by the Respect Zone Ambassadors from the middle school Saint-Pol-Roux) - June 2015

Arabic Version (Litterary Arabic from Egypt - courtesy Dr. Mohab KADRY - Deraya University | Universities' Zone | New Minia City | El Minia | Egypt) March 2016

Hungarian Version (traduction by Tamás Gömöri) - April 2016

Russian Version (traduction by Adriano Kanute) - May 2016

Chinese Version (traduction by Zhiyuan Dai) - June 2016

THE RESPECT ZONE TEAM

Nathan Coen

University Student - Co-fondateur /Co-founder

Adrien C.

Lycéen - Cofondateur / Junior High School student (Co-founder)

Sylvie Hamon

Principale du collège Saint-Pol-Roux

Philippe Coen

President - Fondateur / Association Respect Zone / Juriste - Attorney

Catherine Blaya

École Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Éducation - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis Directrice adjointe aux relations Internationales et à la Recherche - Présidente de l'Observatoire International de la Violence à l’École- Directrice du CAPEF

Laurence Benhamou

Conseil en Production Audiovisuelle et Médiatique - Avocat au Barreau de Californie

David Alexandre

Avocat -

Victoire Berdrin

Social Media Consultant- HK Strategies

Merav Griguer

Special projects

Benjamin Cohen

Directeur Editorial d'une agence de création de contenus

Becki Cohn-Vargas

Directrice de Not In Our School, association partenaire de Respect Zone

Cyprien

Youtubeur - humoriste

Sylvain Dedieu

Principale du collège Théophile Gautier

Jonathan Diebolt

Expert en Marketing et Ventes

Andrew Ezer

Ambassadeur de Respect Zone et Etudiant en Communication au Canada

Reid Feldman

Avocat/Attorney

Marie-Anne Frison-Roche

Professeur - Sciences Po Paris

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia

Professeur Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Françoise Laborde

Journaliste - ancien membre du CSA

Isabelle Landreau

Avocate - Docteur en droit - Administrateur de l'Association française des docteurs en droit

Philippe-Henri Latimier du Clésieux

Editeur

Emilie Maarek

Juriste

Virginie Malat

Directeur Artistique

Roxana Marachi

Associate Professor of Education, San José State University

Stéphane Martin

Directeur général de l'ARPP

Aude Mercier

Avocat

Christophe Moreau

Avocat

Ana Palacio

Ancienne Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, Avocat, ancienne Senior Vice President & General Counsel de la banque mondiale (Espagne)

Emmanuel Pierrat

Avocat - écrivain - ancien MCO - membre du CNB - conservateur du Musée du Barreau de Paris

Bernard Schalscha

Journaliste-redacteur à la Regle du Jeu

Henri-Michel Siraga

Président d'Honneur de l'Association Francaise des Juristes d'Entreprise

Jordan Tieb

Chargé de Missions - Assistant Directeur Artistique - Respect Zone

Antoine Vitkine

Journaliste et écrivain

Michel Vivant

Professeur (Ecole de droit Sciences Po Paris et Ceipi Strasbourg) - Docteur honoris causa Université de Heidelberg - Consultant

Rick Phillips

Executive Director & Founder of Community Matters

Catherine Verdier

Psychologist (Luxembourg / Paris)

Dominique de la Garanderie

Avocate - Ancien Bâtonnier de l'Ordre des Avocats Paris / Former Chair of the Paris Bar

Dominique Attias

Avocate - Vice Bâtonnier Désigné du Barreau de Paris (Vice Chair of Paris Bar)

Frédéric Sicard

Avocat - Bâtonnier Désigné du Barreau de Paris / Elected chairman of the Paris Bar

Malik Lounes

Responsable associatif

Pascale Garreau

Responsable Internet Sans Crainte Tralalère - Safer internet Day Manager (France)

Arnaud Dumourier

Directeur de la Rédaction (Le Monde du Droit) - Chief Editor

Diane Luquiser

Senior Manager Affaires européennes et internationales, gestion de programmes et de projets, stratégie de communication – Bruxelles - Senior Manager European &International Affairs, Programs and Projects management, Communication Strategy – B

Rodolphe Oppenheimer

Psychanaliste - Ecrivain - Président de l'Association Edgar Faure

Adriano Kanute

Élève / Student