Press release - The Digital Youth Month (MNJ) is back for a 4th edition of the February 1 to March 5, 2023. This annual meeting of under 35 years old allows you to discover the Quebec's digital literacy initiatives and to learn about the areas of the future. A variety of activities are scheduled on the event website MNJ.QUEBEC (shows, gaming, hackathon, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, etc.)!
In addition to the activities, the site offers digital resources to explore the studies and careers of tomorrow, learn about digital issues and continue to discover the possibilities of digital technology. School staff and youth workers will also find something to do.
THE CHALLENGE OF ONLINE PRIVACY - NEW PODCAST SERIES
Each year, the MNJ presents a main theme to raise awareness of the attitudes to develop and adopt online. For 2023, the Private life is in the spotlight, as each user must be aware of the fragility of their online privacy and that of others.
To deconstruct our preconceived ideas and learn about privacy VS public life online, rights and cybersecurity, the Digital Spring has produced the podcast series Digital footprint, in collaboration with Télé-Québec in the classroom. Designed with teenagers, the episodes are aimed at all young people and, no doubt, at some curious adults!
In the company of host duo Douaa Kachachee (comedian and high school teacher well known on TikTok) and Tom-Eliot Girard (comedian and singer, notably for Mammouth and on La Voix), a group of teens take to the microphone to share their experiences and ask questions to the guest experts: Nellie Brière (digital communication specialist), Simon Du Perron (cybersecurity lawyer), Geneviève Lajeunesse of Lab 2038 (an organization whose mission is to defend and promote social justice in the digital world) and Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu (director of cybersecurity at the Commissionnaires du Québec and co-founder of Crypto.Quebec). Humor, discovery and critical thinking are the order of the day! The episodes will be broadcast starting February 16 on mnj.quebec/balado and of enclasse.telequebec.tv.
"Youth are very privacy conscious and concerned about their image. The podcast will help them become more equipped to learn about their rights and solutions to strengthen their online safety," says Douaa. "Digital technologies are advancing so fast. It's normal, with the lack of hindsight, to not see the consequences that our online footprints could leave. We're learning about that too," adds Tom-Eliot.
"Studying, working and communicating in the digital age has its challenges! With this podcast, we're giving them an indispensable guide to developing skills that will serve them in their personal and professional lives. More broadly, Digital Youth Month also allows us to introduce young people to the latest technologies, innovative activities, and tools that will help them become alert, critical, and creative citizens," said Mehdi Benboubakeur, Executive Director of Digital Spring.
A FUTURE CODE EVENT
The day CODE Avenirwill complete the programming of the Youth Digital Month, the Thursday, February 23, 2023. CODE Avenir is a day to better understand the impacts of digital transformation on our society and to learn more about training and future fields, especially in digital creation.
On the program, a visit of Triotecha creator of immersive and interactive attractions, will be offered to high school and post-secondary students. In addition, two launches will be presented in a 5 to 7 format at theDigital Agora from Collège Bois-de-Boulogne and broadcast live on the Digital Spring Facebook page:
- Launch of the White Paper on Women in techThis is the latest study by Printemps Numérique and was conducted by Amina Yagoubi, a doctor of sociology (UQAM).
- Launch of BOUSSOLEa new online platform, developed by SYNTHESIS to explore post-secondary education and training in digital creation.
The Digital Spring, initiator of the event, will also offer its activities as part of the programming:
- 35 Virtual digital cafes Online workshops to introduce high school students to digital opportunities;
- The Digital Footprint podcast with teens and experts. Starting February 16 on mnj.quebec/balado and enclasse.telequebec.tv ;
- A Webinar with Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu in Facebook Live as part of the Table de concertation en littératie numérique du Québec (February 16 at noon, open to all). Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu is a manager and cybersecurity specialist, and is also head of cybersecurity at the Commissionnaires du Québec.
Because the development of digital skills and the future of young people is everyone's business, the Digital spring and the organizing committee (Trendy School, Tobo, Technovation Montreal, SYNTHESIS and the Quebec Civilization Museum) are joining forces to bring together a pan-Quebec digital literacy community.