The Rendez-vous RÉCIT: identity in the digital age

During the Webinar Turnkey Website for Identity in the Digital Age, the RÉCIT team presented the Positive Identity in the Digital Age website, a tool that helps develop a sense of ethics and the critical judgment of students in a context of digital democratization.

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On January 15, the second virtual Rendez-vous du RÉCIT was held. Six free workshops were offered online in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that could be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented will be available on the RÉCIT website.

In 10 years, we have gone from consumer to prosumer of content. In 10 years, access to communication has widened, speaking out is greatly facilitated, the impact of public opinion can be increased tenfold at high speed and on a large scale.

During the webinar Turnkey website for identity in the digital age, the RÉCIT team presented the website Positive identity in the digital age. By way of introduction, Maryse Rancourt argued that there is an urgent need to act with young people regarding the use of digital tools, especially social networks. They must be helped to develop their sense of ethics and their critical judgment because the democratization of digital technology has created issues that have repercussions in all areas of their lives.

Source: Presentation Turnkey website for identity in the digital age

It is a file that belongs to everyone, both parents and teachers, since we all share the daily lives of young people. Even so, it may be that no one is taking charge of this development. This is why the team of Maryse Rancourt and Patrick Fleury sought to support teachers with regard to digital issues by linking them with the objectives of the PFEQ curriculum. The chosen program is that of Ethics and Religious Culture. Teachers can use the capsules to develop skills in this program, including the process of ethical reflection.

The website

To create the site Towards a positive identity in the digital age, the initiators of the project formed a multidisciplinary team. It is in a desire to build something that meets needs, that has never been done before, that is based on evidence and that brings reflection among young people in an atmosphere of exchange and respect that they came to such a result.

To start your visit to the site, it is suggested to read the section Project description which has been designed to immerse you in the mentality to adopt when piloting the activities that are offered. In addition, it is essential to follow the 5 commandments to start throughout the process.

First commandment: Like a guide or a facilitator, you will conduct yourself, facilitating and guiding discussions rather than acting as a moral guide who sanctions or authorizes behaviors, attitudes or values.

Provide resources and guide class discussions to promote students' free expression in an ethical discussion process.

Second commandment: A positive approach focused on reinforcement you will advocate rather than emphasizing prevention and repression.

At all times, try to be in the positive approach, exploring and exploiting gray areas.

Third commandment: The students will make progress in terms of their ethical criteria, values and meanings attributed to the uses of digital technologies.

Highlight the values of young people, take into account generational differences.

Fourth Commandment: No conclusion you will prescribe as to what constitutes a positive digital identity: this element must emerge from the students themselves.

Bring students to various consciousnesses influenced by the opinions and justifications that are expressed during the discussion. The goal is to help them make informed decisions.

Fifth commandment: To the practices of young people in connection with digital technology, you will refer to the issues, ethical dilemmas and decisions to be made, as well as to identify the risks and rewards on their journey.

Identify with the practices of young people, eg: they are not on FB but use other platforms, inform them, talk about the legitimate needs behind the use of digital technology.

On the site, all the material can be downloaded and enhanced. Users are even invited to share their posts and changes to the proposed activities. These were designed to last around 60 minutes, but some may take longer to set up.

Opportunities to engage in discussion and ethical reflection

During the workshop, we experienced two group activities offered by the website. Thus, we were able to put ourselves in a student's shoes and experience the process from that perspective.

It is important to keep in mind that the idea is to animate the discussion, to guide the reflection under the different points of view and needs involved, to return to the original question to take into account the elements of others, etc. avoid directing the activity according to what we believe to be “the correct answer”. Depending on the responses and opinions presented during the discussion, points of view may change, thereby raising awareness among young people of the impact of their digital uses.

The idea of ethical reflection is to get students to consider different points of view. Realize that what seems obvious at first glance may be larger than what you initially perceive ... " - Benoît Petit

For those who wish to carry out short activities, the Blog section of the site presents Express capsules in connection with the news which are faster and can be a nice start to a more in-depth process later on.

The ultimate message that wants to be shared with young people through Towards a positive identity in the digital age:

You don't have two identities. You only have one: in real life and digitally. It is therefore important that you are consistent in everything you do, no matter where it is. "

It's up to us to help them meet this challenge!

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Julie R.-Bordeleau
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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