#EYID2018 – what happened in Luxembourg

The Centre Information Jeunesse (CIJ) in Luxembourg organised an event on 17 April on the occasion of European Youth Information Day. The event hosted 37 youth workers and professionals in the sector, including the Director of ERYICA. The main theme of this event was Media and Information Literacy and the development of critical thinking among young people.

The programme of the event included two interventions from guest speakers. Martin CULOT, expert in media education from the Belgian agency Media & Animation asbl, delivered a presentation on critical thinking in times of (dis)information on social networks. The presentation offered definitions of the issue as well as different approaches and tools for professionals to develop critical thinking skills among young people towards media and information. 5 critical approaches were described:

  • The empirical perspective: Is this the truth? Is it real? Fact-checking is encouraged.

  • The constructivist perspective: how does the media submit the information? Study of communication strategies.

  • The ideological perspective: How can the media be objective and not biased? Consider economic, socio-cultural and political macrostructures.

  • The cognitive perspective: How does an individual assess the receipt of information according to his or her believes? Consider the reception rather than the transmission.

  • The collectivist perspective: Which information is shared? With whom is it shared? Consider the logic of information sharing on social networks.

Martin CULOT demonstrated the importance of the development of critical thinking among young people, but also underlined the development of hypercriticism and lack of confidence among young people towards news media, the internet, and institutions, which may affect the credibility of youth workers. He illustrated his statements with various videos which are available here.

The second guest lecturer, Evaldas RUPKUS from IJAB (Germany), delivered a presentation on how to use new media and information tools in order to encourage and promote youth participation. The tools included the use of the most popular social media and content-sharing networks such as YouTube and Facebook. He also took the example of the OPIN digital platform as a platform to encourage direct or indirect e-participation on the Internet. Evaldas underlined the risks and opportunities the use of social networks can bring to the youth sector.