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OTTAWA…. MediaSmarts, Canada’s leading centre for digital and media literacy and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), today announced this year’s theme for Media Literacy Week, from Oct.  31 to Nov. 4, will focus on hands-on media creation for children and teens.

Ottawa (March 24, 2016) – As part of its ongoing study Young Canadians in a Wired World, MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, partnered with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and its Member organizations to survey online more than 4,000 teachers across Canada about technology use in their classrooms. 

Ottawa (March 31, 2016) –To help young people make informed decisions when going online, MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, has launched a new educational game, Click if You Agree. The game teaches teens and preteens the skills they need to read and understand the legal policies on websites and in software they use. 

(November 16, 2015) New research conducted by TELUS WISE in partnership with MediaSmarts and PREVNet has found that youth believe cyberbullying is wrong and are motivated to intervene when they witness it, but would be more likely to do so if adults provided better guidance on managing interventions and were more responsive when incidents were brought to their attention. The research sought to better understand the factors that influence whether or not youth speak up when they witness cyberbullying and their perspectives on how to intervene. The findings provide cause for optimism and highlight the need for adults to support young people’s desire to responsibly intervene when they observe cyberbullying.

Ottawa, ON (November 5, 2015) MediaSmarts – a Canadian centre for digital and media literacy – today launched a new resource to help students transitioning onto high school navigate the digital dilemmas they may encounter in their online interactions and activities.

Winnipeg, MB (Nov. 2, 2015) – Winnipeg youth, teachers and community leaders gathered today for an engaging morning exploring what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to promote respect online.

Ottawa (May 25, 2015) – MediaSmarts, a leading Canadian centre for digital and media literacy, is pleased to announce that all public libraries in Quebec now have free access to its licensed digital literacy program, Web Awareness Workshop Series.

Ottawa, ON (May 21, 2015) – To assist parents and teachers in helping kids manage their online privacy, MediaSmarts is bringing its popular educational game Privacy Pirates to mobile platforms. Privacy Pirates teaches children ages seven to nine about the value of their personal information and how to know when it’s okay to share information online and when it’s best to keep things private.

MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, has today launched an extensive new program to support teachers in integrating digital literacy into their classrooms. Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools (K-8) is a cross-curricular program that provides teachers with an array of tools to give students the skills they need for the digital age.

February 25, 2015 (Ottawa) – MediaSmarts, a leading Canadian centre for digital and media literacy, is pleased to welcome Shaw Communications Inc. as its first Platinum sponsor. The Platinum Sponsorship represents a $75,000 contribution in 2015 to the charitable organization.