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Ottawa, ON (February 24, 2015) – MediaSmarts is pleased to announce that its digital literacy tutorial Passport to the Internet is available to all Ontario elementary teachers in publicly funded schools. The Ontario Ministry of Education has signed a one-year province-wide licence agreement for this innovative digital literacy resource on behalf of the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC).

National study highlights the important role of adults in kids’ online lives. A new report released by MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, calls on parents, teachers and policy makers to support young Canadians in meeting the challenges of growing up in the digital age.

Toronto, ON (November 3, 2014) High school students from the GTA – joined virtually by youth from across Canada – came together this morning to learn how to leverage the power of s

Ottawa, ON (Sept 30, 2014) – MediaSmarts is pleased to announce that the Prince Edward Island Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has licensed its series of dig

Ottawa, ON (July 7, 2014) – MediaSmarts is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has licensed its series of digital literacy resources for all teachers and classrooms in the province.

Ottawa, ON (June 19, 2014) – One third of grade 7 to 11 students report they encounter racist or sexist content online at least once a day or once a week, according to a new Canadian study from Med

Ottawa, ON (May 29, 2014) – There is little gender difference in those youth who have sent a sext of themselves – defined as “a sexy, nude or partially nude photo” – to someone, al

Ottawa, ON (May 29, 2014) – There is little gender difference in those youth who have sent a sext of themselves – defined as “a sexy, nude or partially nude photo” – to someone, although sexts of boys are more likely to be forwarded,– according to a study of Canadian students released today by MediaSmarts. Boys are also more likely than girls to have forwarded a sext sent to them and are twice as likely to report having received a sext that was forwarded by someone other than the original creator.

Ottawa (May 7, 2014) - MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce that the theme for Canada’s ninth annual Media Literacy Week (November 3-7, 2014) will focus on the positive uses of social networking by young people.

Ottawa, ON (March 31, 2014) – Canadian youth are not as digitally literate as adults may think they are, according to new research released today by MediaSmarts. Though today’s young people have grown up immersed in digital media, they still rely on parents and teachers to help them advance their skills in areas such as searching and verifying online information.

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