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Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity

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19 Feb 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Online Privacy, Online Publicity (the second in a series of reports from the survey) explores the Janus-faced nature of online privacy by examining the strategies that young people use to control how they are represented online and the ways in which they seek to assert some sort of control over their personal information.

Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online

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22 Jan 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in Grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Life Online (the first in series of reports from the survey) focuses on what youth are doing online, what sites they’re going to, their attitudes towards online safety, household rules on Internet use, and unplugging from digital technologies.

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online

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29 May 2012

This exploratory study examines the attitudes and experiences of children, youth and parents relating to networked technologies. Results indicate a generation of adults who have become hyper-vigilant about young people’s online lives and a generation of youth who are navigating “life in the fishbowl” when it comes to their digital experiences. Findings will set the stage for a national survey of students in 2013.

Teachers' Perspectives

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase III Teachers' Perspectives

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15 Feb 2012

This study explores the attitudes of Canadian teachers regarding networked technologies in classrooms: do they enhance learning and what is the impact on the teacher-student relationship? Results indicate that there are significant challenges to overcome in integrating technology in meaningful ways that enrich the learning process. A number of best practices are also identified.

The Privacy Piece

The Privacy Piece

Date: 

08 Sep 2011

Report on Privacy Competencies in Digital Literacy Programs in Canada, Britain, Australia, America, and Brazil
The purpose of this paper is to identify leading digital literacy initiatives in Canada and abroad, evaluate their privacy competencies components, and identify opportunities for raising Canadians’ online privacy awareness and skills in the context of digital literacy initiatives. The Privacy Piece was commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada as part of the Insights on Privacy Speaker Series.

Consumer to Citizen: Digital Media and Youth Civic Engagement

Internet and Canada’s Future: Opportunities and Challenges

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10 Apr 2011

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), along with its partners Media Awareness Network and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, released this report on the findings from the Canadian Internet Forum. This national consultation, which took place in February 2011 and was hosted by these three organizations, provided a venue where Canadians could express their thoughts on how the Internet should be run in Canada.

Consumer to Citizen

From Consumer to Citizen: Digital Media and Youth Civic Engagement

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02 Mar 2011

A discussion paper focusing on the impact of media – especially interactive technology – on civic and political engagement for children and youth. It also looks at the ways in which educators can effectively integrate digital literacy into their classrooms to foster and support youth civic engagement.

Digital Literacy in Canada: From Inclusion to Transformation

Digital Literacy in Canada: From Inclusion to Transformation

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07 Jul 2010

The Digital Literacy in Canada discussion paper is a response to the Government of Canada’s Digital Economy Consultation, launched in May 2010. The paper calls for federal leadership in the creation of a national digital literacy strategy to ensure all Canadians have the necessary skills to use digital technologies to their fullest potential.

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase II: Student Survey

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II Student Survey

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02 Nov 2005

In 2005, Media Awareness Network (MNet) surveyed young people across the country to find out about their Internet activities. The Young Canadians in a Wired World (YCWW) Phase II student survey, conducted by ERIN Research, explores new areas of interest and revisits some of the initial findings from the baseline study of 2001.

Trends and Recommendations

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II Trends and Recommendations

Date: 

02 Nov 2005

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II focus groups and the student survey that followed made it very clear that the Net has become an integral part of young Canadians’ social environment. Trends and Recommendations looks at the findings from both the qualitative and quantitative research to create a snapshot of that environment.


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Focus Groups

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II Focus Groups

Date: 

02 Feb 2004

In November 2003, the Media Awareness Network (MNet) conducted qualitative research, regarding young people’s Internet use, through a series of focus groups with parents and young people, aged 11-17, in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

The Parents' View

Canada's Children In A Wired World: The Parents' View

Date: 

01 Mar 2003

The Media Awareness Network’s first survey, Canada’s Children In A Wired World: The Parents’ View, was conducted by Environics Research Group in March 2000. It was funded by Industry Canada, in partnership with Health Canada and Human Resources Development Canada.

The Students' View

Young Canadians In A Wired World: Phase I The Students' View

Date: 

01 Oct 2001

In early 2001, the Media Awareness Network conducted a nationwide survey of nearly 6000 Canadian students - the first survey of its kind. Young Canadians In A Wired World: The Students’ View was an investigation of Internet use among Canadian youth, exploring what they do online, how they perceive the Internet and what they know about it.

Parent and Youth Focus Groups

Young Canadians In A Wired World: Phase I Parent and Youth Focus Groups

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05 Jul 2000

A summary of the report on the Summer 2000 focus group sessions conducted by Environics Research Group for the Media Awareness Network (MNet). The sessions, funded by the Government of Canada, focused on how kids use the Internet, as well as on how parents view their children’s Internet use.


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