Vlaams jeugd- en kinderrechtenbeleidsplan 2015-2019 - Page 5

p r e f ac e As Minister for Youth I want to make sure, through this plan, that each Minister actually carries out his or her intentions. I have also made important resolutions within the framework of my own competences. For instance, I advocate the provision of good support to children and young people in the digital society. Cyberbullying, privacy and screen addiction are terms we encounter sometimes when talking about the dangers of social media and the Internet. In a variety of areas we want to teach young people how to use digital technologies and t heir applications responsibly, safely and respectfully in their dealings with others. Furthermore, I also consider the participation of all children and young people in social life important. We live in a diverse society which will become even more richly diverse in the future. However, it seems that this diversity is not so easily embedded in our traditional youth associations. In the coming years, I want to devote particular attention to the participation in youth work, culture and policy of difficult-to-reach young people. The process for drawing up the Flemish Youth and Children’s Rights Policy Plan 2015 — 2019 completed several stages and adopted a participatory approach. Working groups composed of young people, youth workers, children’s rights actors, civil society, civil servants and researchers worked together intensively for several months around nine selected themes to arrive at strategic and operational objectives on the basis of priority policy challenges. These themes were poverty, ecology, being young, mobility, education, participation, space, well-being and housing. We also added the themes ‘employment’ and ‘youth culture’. Sven Gatz Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs 5