Youth Day 2022: Webinar on Digital Citizenship Organized in Yaoundé

This meeting was held on February 09, 2022 as part of the activities of the 2022 Youth Eleven.

This meeting, which took place face-to-face and online between the officials of the Ministry of Youth and Civic Education (Minjec) and young people, had the general objective of facilitating the responsible and productive use of the media by young people to their effective participation in the development of society, the strengthening of national cohesion and crisis management.

Indeed, during his inaugural lesson, Dr. Issekin Yvan started from the definition of the terms digital and citizenship. "Digital Chari two notions between peoples, namely rapprochement on the one hand and separation on the other". According to the expert, “digital technology can be at the origin of the division of peoples. 

Considering digital in its role of dividing peoples, he informs that there is a certain digital divide between the different countries, with regard to the availability of servers and technology, there is a real disparity between peoples, which can create tensions. 

This cleavage is also observable at the level of young and old. This reveals the conflicting nature of the digital economy, where some are better off than others”.

Andzongo Blaise Pascal, communication psychologist and specialist in media and information education (Emi) meanwhile in his presentation showed that young people are the most subscribed to social networks and therefore the most exposed to the dangers found there. 

As for Fake News, there is a whole industry to make money or get seen on social media, he said. He also prescribed some useful reflexes to adopt in the face of Fake news. This includes, among other things, first of all finding the author of the writings; to read beyond the title; to check beyond the title; seek expert advice; to evaluate his own beliefs finally to check the day.

Regarding Covid-19 risk communication and community engagement, the presentation was made by Yetebing. During his presentation, he returned to the presentation of the communities; distrust ; suspicion; false beliefs; risk communications; trust at the center of communication and finally communication with principles. 

For risk managers, community engagement is important. The importance of barrier measures should be explained to the populations. Faced with rumours, it is important to go to the source, and to raise awareness through anti-rumour campaigns.

However, it should be remembered that this webinar had the specific objectives of allowing young people to appropriate the terms related to digital citizenship, to allow their development, their sense of analysis of information and their critical thinking in order to identify and fight fake news.

There is need to get young people to build alternative discourse in the face of hate speech, raise young people's awareness of the consequences of cybercrime, make people understand how the digital world works and its impact.

Get young people to identify actions that contribute in empowering them and promote national cohesion through the use of the media, equip young people with risk communication skills, and finally introduce young people to Civic-tech.

Communication Unit, MINJEC

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