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Amour 2.0: a Tel-Jeunes conference to equip teens

As of the start of the 2014 school year, Tel-Jeunes will offer schools an interactive conference on communication using various technologies to equip adolescents aged 15 to 17 to better live their romantic relationships.

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As of the start of the 2014 school year, Tel-Jeunes will offer schools an interactive conference on communication using various technologies to equip adolescents aged 15 to 17 to better live their romantic relationships.

Presented in preview on May 5, at La Voie high school in Montreal, this project comes from the observation of the great need of adolescents when it comes to the management of romantic relationships. The idea for this conference was put forward by Tel-Youth, an organization offering an anonymous, free and confidential intervention service, 24 hours a day, to individuals under the age of 20. Indeed, during these interventions, questions surrounding the area of married life constitute a large part of the requests received, via the various types of access to support: telephone (12 %), text and cat (22 %) or email (19 %).

Whether it is about having a breakup on Facebook, understanding and analyzing the silences of the interlocutor following a text message or even scheduling a date on Skype, seduction takes on a whole new face today. This can be very confusing for teenagers, even if technology is a part of their life. Written and indirect communication leaves room for many interpretations which may turn out to be faulty. Without having the person in front of you, the situations have the potential to become problematic and to take on a disproportionate scale.

In this context, Tel-Jeunes is proactive with the design of its interactive conference, You <3 Me ?. The expertise of the organization, constantly in contact with this clientele, is used to meet the needs of novice lovers. Free from any judgment, this presentation emphasizes the freedom of choice of young people, but above all, the consequences of each of these choices. In line with the “stories of which you are the hero”, the choices made by the participants will influence the content of the conference. The latter is therefore distinguished by its adaptability and the personalization of the message transmitted to young people.

Obviously, the support doesn't stop there. Schools are invited to continue discussions with students. To do this, an animation booklet, complementary to the training, equips teachers who wish to deepen certain themes and promote exchanges.

To receive this conference at your school (available in the Montreal and Quebec regions), contact the training service of Tel-Jeunes. In addition, do not hesitate to visit their website or refer it to your students.

About the Author

Anik Lessard Routhier
Anik Lessard Routhier
Anik is a freelance writer and lecturer at Collège Lionel-Groulx and Cégep Marie-Victorin.

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