Press Releases

View our latest press releases and access our press release archives.


Ottawa (March, 2013) MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce that marketing and consumerism will be the focus of Canada’s eighth annual Media Literacy Week, to be held November 4-8, 2013.

The official theme of the week: “What’s Being Sold: Helping Kids Make Sense of Marketing Messages” , will encourage educators and parents to talk to children and teens about the marketing they encounter on a daily basis.  

Ottawa, January 14, 2013 – MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network) is pleased to announce that Rogers has joined the organization’s team of supporters as a Gold Sponsor.

Montreal, December 4, 2012 – Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard joined with schools across Quebec at an event to launch Media Literacy Week 2012. Students had the opportunity to talk with a panel of experts about online privacy as part of this year’s theme Privacy Matters.

Ottawa, July 24, 2012 – MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network) is today announcing that all public library members of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) will now have access to its Web Awareness Workshop Series through a one-year licence agreement funded by a grant through Google Canada.

Ottawa, June 25, 2012 – MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network) is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) for the third phase of its landmark research study, Young Canadians in a Wired World.

OTTAWA, May 29, 2012- A new Canadian report highlights a dramatic shift in views toward the Internet, and a remarkable dichotomy between children and parents. The report, titled “Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online”, is part of an ongoing study – Young Canadians in a Wired World. It is the most comprehensive investigation into the role of the Internet in the lives of Canadian children.

Ottawa, May 29, 2012 Media Awareness Network (MNet) unveiled its new name and redesigned website today at its Annual General Meeting. MNet, Canada’s internationally recognized centre for digital and media literacy, is now called “MediaSmarts”.

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – A Responding to Online Hate guide was released today by Media Awareness Network (MNet) to assist law enforcement, community groups and educators in countering hateful content on the Internet. Despite the growth in online hate and the fact that four out of five Canadians are online, there is currently little information available to the public on this topic: which lead MNet, Canada’s leading digital and media literacy organization, to develop the guide.

Ottawa March 28, 2012 – Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched a new suite of digital and media literacy resources to help educate young people about how media representations can negatively influence how we view certain groups in society.

Ottawa, March 15, 2012 – The Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce that “Privacy Matters” will be the theme of this year’s Media Literacy Week, to be held Nov. 5-9.

Pages