While young people are fond of social networks and use them as their main source of information, it may be wise to help them develop a new skill: that of verifying the origin of the images and videos they see online.
"We think young people are used to technology and we give them a lot of credit in that sense. Yes, they are mostly able to use certain applications. For the rest, they need support. They also need to be shown that technology is not just a hobby, it can also become a career," says Jonathan Le Prof, a social studies teacher and spokesperson for the first edition of Youth Digital Month.
Young people get a lot of information through social media. In these universes, misinformation and editorial commentary abound. While the conflict in Ukraine is causing a lot of concern among young and old alike, here are some sources of information within their reach that you can invite them to consult, even on TikTok!
Jérôme Desjarlais-Lessard and Annie Turbide from the Service national du RÉCIT, in the field of personal development, offer a host of activities to address social media and its issues in the classroom. The themes are numerous: from private life to body image, including political engagement.
Radio-Canada's MAJ (Mon actualité du jour) platform has just posted a new series of videos on the news world. Six capsules to understand the importance of going to see what is happening behind the TV camera, the microphone of a radio or the hidden face of an algorithm.
Press release - Born from the success of the #30seconds before believing in program, the Quebec Center for Media and Information Education (CQÉMI) is officially launched. Created by a group of professional journalists, this new organization offers educational resources, training and activities aimed at equipping citizens who wish to be better informed and fight against false news.
In a context where many observers see a decline in democracy across the world, a citizenship education course is an initiative that must be welcomed. Frédérick Guillaume Dufour, professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Quebec in Montreal, explains why in this text.
Press release - The 16th annual Media Literacy Week, which will take place from October 25 to 30, is organized by MediaSmarts, the Canadian center for media education and digital literacy, in collaboration with the Canadian Teachers' Federation .
Students are increasingly exposed to digital technology, with all the associated risks. The web is a huge and extremely stimulating source of information for learning, but it should be used with caution. Eureka Concept offers a new activity aimed at making primary school students aware of the risks of the web.
Thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec, a network of 15 webradios is in the process of being created in secondary schools in Quebec. This new project, announced in the Youth Action Plan launched last June, allows the Radio jeunesse organization to expand.