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APESTAARTJARENBlogs, Social network sites, podcasts, massive multiplayer online games… New Media has become indispensable in a teenager’s life. So, can we describe puberty more and more as “the @‐years” nowadays? As this (r)evolution would also have serious con‐sequences for youthworkers, Flemish youth work organizations Jeugdwerknet vzw and Graffiti Youth Service joined together in 2006 to set up a conference to inform other youthworkers on how youngsters deal with new media. This very first event was called “Apestaartjaren” (translated as ‘the @‐years’ in English). Ever since, www.apestaartjaren.be has become a very popular platform for youthworkers who are looking for information about youngsters and new media about youngsters and www.apestaartjaren.be firstname.lastname@example.org
www.jeugdwerknet.be (+32) 9 231 82 70 GRAFFITI email@example.com YOUTH SERVICE Graffiti Youth Service is a national non‐profit JEUGDWERKNET youth organization that introduces children and young people in a creative and experimental Jeugdwerknet.be is the most popular webportal way with all kinds of (alternative) forms of for Flemish youthworkers, containing databases communication. with games, recipes, jobs, rules and legislation,… Youthworkers can find information about Graffiti Youth Service organizes a quality youthwork and ict, ask questions or discuss service which consists of workshops, tours, new technologies and youthwork issues. courses, training and projects. Their activities focus on the funside of communicating and Jeugdwerknet supports youthworkers experimenting with communication in group (youth clubs, youth movements, …) in Flanders in because they believe communication is a their activities online. The organization builds precondition to participate in society. websites, provides webhosting for youthwork organizations, gives trainings and workshops Graffiti Youth Service also has a specialized concerning internet, library about graffiti (policy) and other forms of software and communication. alternative communication. www.graffiti‐jeugddienst.be (+32) 9 233 79 86 info@graffiti‐jeugddienst.be
MEDIAPEDIA.BEThe web portal www.apestaartjaren.be offers information to youth workers. We try to filter news about new media in the regular press and explain what is really relevant for youthworkers. On the website you can also find the ‘MediaPedia’: an online helpdesk that contains information, tip and tricks and tutorials for youthworkers who want to start using new media in their organization. RESEARCH Every two years Graffiti Youth Service and Jeugdwerknet question over 1000 youngsters in Flanders about the possession, use of new media and the attitude of youngsters to it. In 2009 we did a survey with 1700 youngsters (12‐18 y) in secondary school en 200 children (10 y) in elementary school. This research was carried out in cooperation with Ghent Uni‐versity. You can download the results of this research from www.apestaartjaren.be for free. CONFERENCES & TRAININGS We present the results of the Apestaart‐ jaren Research on our Conference every two year. In 2010 we gathered over 200 Flemish youthworkers in Ghent for the presentation of the results, and 12 other workshops about online privacy, sexuality, working with Facebook, viral marketing,… Every year we also organize 2 small ‘Updates’: small conference evenings on which we invite 2‐3 experts who will share their knowledge about a certain topic re‐ lated to new media. Throughout the whole year, we travel throughout the country to give lectures or do practical workshops ’on demand’ for youth organizations.