The Institute for Human Rights and Peace from Caen and the Metamorphosis Foundation promoted the pedagogical handbook for working with youth “Freedom of expression and privacy in the digital age” on December 11, 2014 in Skopje. The handbook was created as a result of the joint efforts in this area, within the framework of the project for decentralized cooperation between Macedonia and the Lower Normandy region. The promotion of the handbook was organized as part of the 10th International Conference, attended by more than 200 representatives of the government, civil society, education and private sector.

20141214-prirachnikThis handbook is a pedagogical tool for those working with youth at the age of 15 to 25. The selected approach is the human rights approach. Taking into account the interest of youth for human rights, the handbook is aiming to provide tools for the youth; tools that will raise the awareness of the internet users that what they do online is related to human rights. More human rights are affected when using the internet and the youth should know about these rights, in order to respect and protect them. The guide is available in French and Macedonian language, in a digital and printed version:

The handbook is designed as a theoretical and practical tool for education on the topic of digital space. It is divided into two parts:

  • A study on freedom of expression and privacy in the digital space. This study is dedicated to human rights that are affected when using the internet. It aims to advance the knowledge of stakeholders who work with young people;
  • A collection of educational activities related to the digital space. During the last few years, the number of activities for raising awareness about the use of digital technologies has increased. We decided to create a collection of some of them and to develop new ones..

Sarah Barnier-Leroy from the Institute for Human Rights and Peace from Caen, at the promotion in Skopje. Photo: Sebastien Botreau via Twitter.

Why put the emphasis on the youth? Although all age groups are faced with the digital space, it should be noted that the youth are using it the most. For them, the digital space is the primary means of communication.

According to the latest study of the European Interactive Advertising Association (July 2013), 89% of Europeans aged 16 to 24 use the Internet and spend on average 19 hours a week online. In France, 88.7% of young people who use the Internet confirms that they use the Internet daily. However, although they think they are being careful, reality often proves the opposite. It is not uncommon for a young person not to set the privacy settings on their profile on the social networks, to accept as a “friend” a person they don’t know, to publish offensive content without being aware of it, etc…