VRT continues to focus on digital inclusion

From remote work to online learning. From social media to VRT MAX. Although the Internet is an indispensable part of daily life today, one in two Flemish people remain digitally vulnerable.

That’s why VRT is working on several initiatives and programs to help people enhance their digital skills, with support from the Flemish government. This spring you can look forward to an offer tailored to all your digital needs and questions. Whether you believe Digiwate, or you are facing a digital dilemma with your screen time, from now on you will follow life’s algorithms smoothly and no error will remain unknown to you. Bit or byte? Everyone join us!

“Screen time”
The average Flemish person spends at least four hours in front of a computer screen or smartphone every day, even outside of work or school. However, research by Statistics Flanders shows that almost half of Flemish people lack a number of basic digital skills. And even the people involved are sometimes misled or don’t know how to deal with all those applications and their countless possibilities. We’re all, more often than we’d like to admit sometimes, still often middle-lane drivers on the digital superhighway.

How to protect yourself from phishing and what to do if you fall victim to it? Which e-commerce, used sales, and vacation rental sites and apps are trustworthy? What are your kids already doing on Tiktok? How do you work efficiently from home? Can you put your fate in the hands of health apps? How do you get rid of your smartphone addiction? These are all questions that most Flemish people sometimes ask themselves.

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Enter Maureen VanHerbergen and Margot Amant. Later in the program with Margot Bogart. Maureen and Margo visit the homes of people with such questions twice a week. It comes with practical tips that are immediately applicable. They do it in Kampenhout: the municipality that exactly 25 years ago became the first digital municipality in Flanders, with free Internet access and an email address for every resident, and shared computers in public places. In short, there is no municipality more suitable to become the first screen-safe municipality in Flanders.

“Screen Time”, starting January 30 every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:55pm on VRT 1 and VRT MAX

Tips are also being distributed via VRT’s social media.

In the new series of “Digiwatte” you will get answers to your digital questions. Do you want to watch movies and series online on your smart TV? Want to download or update an app on your smartphone? Or find a communications subscription that suits you? Each episode focuses on a new topic and Digiwatte answers all your digital questions.

“Digiwatte” starting February 6 on VRT 1 and VRT MAX

“Digital Dilemma”
In The Digital Dilemma, journalist Tim Verheyden examines the impact of technological innovation on people and society. Is everyone still on board and what lies ahead? Over the course of three episodes, Tim travels the world to speak with authors, philosophers, teachers, engineers, professionals, and ordinary citizens. From Flanders to Boston, San Francisco and of course… Los Angeles, where fear of job losses due to artificial intelligence has plunged the sector into an unprecedented crisis for six months.

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“The Digital Dilemma” starting March 21 every Thursday at 9.20pm on VRT CANVAS and VRT MAX.

‘solve it’
In the new episodes of the VRT MAX series “Los Het Op”, Linde Merckpoel once again sets out to eliminate problems big and small. Armed with her vlogging camera, she calls on her creativity, DIY skills, and her strong community of viewers, listeners, and social media followers to solve various problems. In addition to taboo-breaking topics and solutions, Lindy also addresses some digital challenges.

“Los Het Op” this spring on VRT MAX and Brussels Studio.

“Fact checkers”
In an increasingly digital world, Brett van Marsnel, Jan van Lovren and Thomas Vanderveken continue fact-checking in a new season of “Factcheckers”. They are once again using their proven techniques to distinguish fact from fiction, through large-scale experiments and high-level testing. This spring they will conduct examinations related to the world of mobile communications and the Internet. How easy is it to fall for phishing emails? How distracting is a cell phone behind the wheel? These are just a few of the many questions that Brett, Jan and Thomas try to find answers to in a new series full of excitement, emotion and humour.

“Fact Check,” this spring on VRT 1 and VRT MAX.

Winton Frazier

 "Amateur web lover. Incurable travel nerd. Beer evangelist. Thinker. Internet expert. Explorer. Gamer."

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