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Author: Emmanuelle Erny-Newton, MediaSmarts
Level: Secondary Cycle One
Subject Area: Moral Education, Physical Education and Health
Lesson Link: Promoting Ethical Behaviour Online: Our Values and Ethics
Description: In this three-part lesson, students learn about online privacy and ethical behaviour by exploring their digital footprints to better understand that our online interactions may not be as anonymous as we think they are.
Broad Areas of Learning
This lesson satisfies the following competencies from the Quebec Education Program:
Reflects on ethical questions
Analyzes a situation from an ethical point of view
Examines a variety of cultural, moral, religious, scientific or social references
Evaluates options or possible actions
The Cycle One program states:
The messages conveyed by the media can have major repercussions on the behaviour of adolescents. Therefore, it is important that students be encouraged to maintain a critical distance with regard to the media. For example, during a big sports event, certain networks show violent images involving the athletes. Reports on doping, which some athletes resort to, raise ethical questions about respecting rules and about honesty and fair play. Advertising uses an infinite amount of female body images to demonstrate the effects of products that enable you to obtain the perfect body with no physical effort. This sometimes contradictory information cannot help but challenge students, who must exercise critical judgment when they situate this information in relation to the various contexts in which they develop the subject-specific competencies.
The broad area of learning Media Literacy is thus part of this program.
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