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Ottawa, February 15, 2012 – While Canadian educators believe that digital technologies can enrich students’ learning, there are still significant challenges to overcome in making this happen – with one of the main barriers being students’ lack of digital literacy skills. And school filters and policies that ban or restrict networked devices in the classroom take away the very opportunities young people need to develop digital literacy skills such as good judgment and responsible use.

Ottawa, February 7, 2012 – To mark Safer Internet Day, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Media Awareness Network (MNet) are launching the first in a series of cyber security tip sheets to help consumers stay safe when using the Internet.

While surfing the Web is fun and can present a wide variety of opportunities, you can also encounter unexpected problems. Today’s release focuses on Safe Surfing, which explores the different types of risk relating to using the Web and ways Internet users can protect themselves.

Online resource addresses issues of cyberbullying and privacy

November 14, 2011 (Ottawa) – Alberta Education has licensed MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students for all secondary schools in the province. The interactive tutorial –developed by Media Awareness Network (MNet) – offers students simulations of popular online sites to teach them about cyberbullying, hate speech, online marketing ploys and privacy protection.

November 7, 2011 (Ottawa) – Videos produced by Grade 3 students and teachers of Trillium Public School in Orleans were premiered earlier today at the launch of the 6th annual Media Literacy Week held by the Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). The week runs Nov. 7 to 11. Thanks to the expert guidance of The Director’s Cut, students and teachers at Trillium school were able to write, direct and produce the videos which focused on this year’s theme.

October 28, 2011 (Ottawa) – To mark Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Media Awareness Network (MNet) launched a new teaching unit to help students develop safe and secure online practices.

While studies show Canadian youth are more tech savvy than older Internet users, they are also more likely to take security risks online. Winning the Cyber Security Game aims to give students in grades 5-8 tools and strategies to mitigate and prevent negative online experiences.

October 20, 2011 (Ottawa) –   Media Awareness Network (MNet) has launched Privacy Pirates, a new interactive resource to teach children about online privacy and how to distinguish between public and private information when playing on the Internet. The game was unveiled today by MNet’s Director of Education Matthew Johnson at the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation Conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

May 25, 2011 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) today unveiled the theme for this year’s annual Media Literacy Week– Digital Citizenship – calling on Canadians to encourage young people to reflect on their online lives, and their rights and responsibilities as they navigate the digital world.

April 4, 2011 (Ottawa) – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), in partnership with Media Awareness Network (MNet), is proud to introduce a Cyber Security Consumer Tip Sheet, a guide to avoiding risks online.

As the Internet has become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, so too have the number and severity of potential risks we face each day. With increasing accessibility to digital technologies, Internet literacy programs are, now more than ever, essential to protecting Internet users and their computers.

March 29, 2011 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students. This engaging interactive resource helps teens develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to their online lives.

March 2, 2011 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet), Canada’s leading media literacy and digital literacy organization, today launched From Consumer to Citizen: Digital Media and Youth Civic Engagement, a discussion paper outlining the important role digital literacy plays in ensuring youth become competent and engaged civic and political actors.