The media help to construct our perception of the world in which we live. But what happens when media representations omit or distort whole groups of people? In this section, we explore issues of diversity representation and showcase efforts to counter stereotyping and promote more accurate portrayals.
The myriad religions practiced by Canadian believers are not always represented fairly or accurately by media. In this section we explore the challenges faced by the three major monotheisms in Canada’s media landscape.
Initiated in 2000 by MediaSmarts, Young Canadians in a Wired World is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of its kind in Canada. The research project tracks and investigates the behaviours, attitudes, and opinions of Canadian children and youth with respect to their use of the Internet.
In this lesson, students decode and explain the relevance of editorial cartoons. The class begins with a teacher-led deconstruction of a political cartoon, after which students decode editorial cartoons that they have selected.
This lesson helps students understand how self-image can influence lifestyle choices.
In this lesson, students look at how male and female characters are depicted in comic books.
This lesson encourages children to explore the differences between their real families and TV families by imagining how their own families might be portrayed on a television show.
This lesson develops a beginning awareness by students of how they feel towards, and respond to, different sports, and how the media represents athletics.