A young girl looks at her phone.

CAQ youth aid activists are calling on the Legault government to legislate on minors’ access to social networks. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-United States / Réjean Blais

Faced with the increasingly early use of social networks, the Commission for the Next Generation of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is calling on the Legault government to ban them for those under 16 years of age.

years. France, for example, is evaluating the possibility of having a third party to verify identity, Several processes can be put in place, a bit like (what) Loto-Québec does to verify that the People who use games of chance are 18 years old. France, for example, is evaluating the possibility of having a third party verify identity. Several processes can be put in place, a bit like (what) Loto-Québec does to verify that people who use games of chance are indeed 18 years old. France, for example, is evaluating the possibility of having a third party verify identityexplains Aurélie Diep, who represents the young CAQ members.

Last year, the French government adopted a law that requires social networks to refuse registration to children under 15, unless one of the parents gives their consent. However, the modalities for ensuring the digital majority remain to be defined. In particular, there is talk of establishing a control system for online time. A guardian could also request the closure of a child’s account.

years aims to protect children from social networks by ensuring that the platforms put in place a technical solution when they register as well as to better prevent and prosecute online crimes, such as cyberharassment, The establishment of a digital majority at 15 years old aims to protect children from social networks by ensuring that the platforms put in place a technical solution when they register as well as to better prevent and prosecute online crimes, such as cyberbullying. The establishment of a digital majority at 15 years old aims to protect children from social networks by ensuring that the platforms put in place a technical solution when they register as well as to better prevent and prosecute online crimes, like cyberbullyingwe can read on the website of the French Ministry of National Education and Youth.

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The idea of ​​the digital majority is part of the activists’ resolutions for the general council of the CAQin a few days.

Rigorous verification of the age required to access social media, which specialists recommend setting at 16, and sites reserved for adults would protect young people from significant risks and promote their healthy development.

A quote from Extract from the resolutions book of the CAQ general council

The Commission for the Succession of CAQ wants to ban social networks from Quebecers under 16 because it’s an age that (has) meaning for us. Sixteen is the age when we get our driving license, when we can decide to leave school and when we have a certain maturity to understand the dangers of using social networks. We think that this battle is necessary for the safety of young peopleexplains Aurélie Diep.

Ensure a image rights

Among the other resolutions that the young CAQ members will propose, we note the proposal to put in place measures to protect the right to image, privacy and reputation of minors online in Quebec.

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years who will publish photos of themselves which are sometimes compromising. They don’t necessarily have the judgment to tell themselves at that age that the published photo never really disappears. It’s lost in the universe, We notice that parents publish photos of their children without their consent and this can be used for illicit purposes. There are also people aged 10 to 14 who will publish photos of themselves which are sometimes compromising. They don’t necessarily have the judgment to tell themselves at that age that the published photo never really disappears. It gets lost in the universe. 

The Commission for the Succession of CAQ therefore encourages the Legault government to begin discussions with its counterparts to form a united front and demand that digital platforms be able to remove these images more easily. We want to launch this debate in the public spaceshe emphasizes.

Ban cell phones everywhere at school

The young activists of the CAQ and regional party associations finally suggest to regulate the use and daily usage time of screens in schools so that this use is strictly educational in nature.

There is talk, for example, of banning cell phones everywhere at school, and not just in class, as a directive currently provides.

Screens are increasingly omnipresent in Quebec schools. Despite the recent ban on cell phones in class, we see that students still use them in common areas, as well as their tablets and computers in class. Interactive whiteboards are another item on this already long listwe can read in the resolutions book.

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A teaching student herself, Aurélie Diep says she has noticed the harmful effects of screens in the lives of young people. During an internship in a kindergarten class, many children told him about looking at screens during the weekend or at various times at home.

The goal is not to go back and remove all the screens that are used for educational purposes in schools. The interactive whiteboard is a great invention. We want limited screen use and avoid tablet rewards instead of going outside at recess.

A quote from Aurélie Diep, president of the CAQ Succession Commission

The Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, is currently considering the possibility of extending his directive to ban cell phones everywhere at school.

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