According to BelTA the BRSM Youth Union has played a leading role in the development of the Belarusian information space, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the 42nd Congress of the BRSM Youth Union on 20 January.
"We need to work further in the virtual space in order to develop youth movement in the country, and promote the civil and patriotic positions of young citizens," the President said.
According to the head of state, in many ways such features of the modern youth all over the world as openness, sociability and responsiveness are shaped by the global computer network. Many young people live in the Internet. We can say that there is a specific group of young people whose worldview is formed on the Internet and through it.
According to the President, the BRSM Youth Union should be proactive on all fronts: self-improvement, generation of new ideas, innovative activity, and promotion of high civil positions.
However, Alexander Lukashenko noted with regret that the amount of information does not always mean quality. In his opinion, the World Wide Web has become the arena of information warfare where it is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to distinguish truth from falsehood, a sincere expression from a provocation. There is an intense competition for the Internet community, and its leaders. There have been attempts to encourage Internet users to the destructive actions.
Addressing the young people, the President said: "I would like you to be able to find the truth in an endless avalanche of information. Learn to verify it, take everything with a grain of salt and think over what you read or see on the web. Learn to resist manipulations, distinguish truth from falsehood. You can clearly navigate through the flows of information. At the same time, you should not lose the spiritual values, principles of morality of our people. You must remain citizens of the country. Do not think of the Internet as a space for communication. This is its important function, but not the main one. Its main value is that it has become a technology platform for all walks of life, especially manufacturing industry. This is fundamentally important for our country.Ф
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