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November 2, 2009,  Toronto - The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet) have collaborated on an informative Tip Sheet for Parents and Gamers just in time for Media Literacy Week.

Video and computer games have become a basic part of kids’ lives.  According to ESAC’s 2009 Essential Facts about the Canadian computer and video game industry, 57 per cent of kids aged 6-12 and 42 per cent of teens aged 13-17 play video games a few days per week. 

June 23, 2009 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet), Canada’s leading not-for-profit media literacy organization, is pleased to announce the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has joined the organization’s team of supporters as a Silver Sponsor.

Ottawa, June 16, 2009 – To reflect new challenges faced by children and teens in virtual online worlds and social networking sites, Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched a new version of its Kids for Sale: Online privacy and marketing professional development workshop. The extensive updating of the popular resource was made possible through funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Ottawa, June 8, 2009 – Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are joining together to host Canada’s fourth annual Media Literacy Week, November 2-6, 2009.

This year’s theme – Media Literacy in the Digital Age – will emphasize the multiple literacy skills needed by today’s youth for accessing, evaluating, repurposing, creating and distributing media content.

Ottawa, June 2, 2009 – Media Equal Voice in partnership with Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched bilingual lessons for students in Grades 7-12 that explore media representation of gender in politics. Students from Glashan Intermediate School, in Ottawa, had the opportunity to try out the lessons.

The lessons are part of the Experiences project, initiated by Equal Voice which aims to engage young women in politics at all levels of government. A key component of the project is identifying and sensitizing young women to gender bias in media.

Ottawa, February 10, 2009 – Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched the classroom resource Cyber Bullying: Encouraging Ethical Online Behaviour to meet the growing need for educational materials that address the issue of cyber bullying in Canadian schools. The launch coincides with Safer Internet Day—an international event to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones among children and young people.

Ottawa, November 24, 2008 – Media Awareness Network (MNet) today launched Passport to the Internet, a new online tutorial funded by Inukshuk Wireless Learning Plan Fund and TELUS, to help students in Grades four to eight develop the critical thinking skills they need to navigate the Web in a secure and ethical manner.

November 3, 2008 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) launched National Media Education Week today with a message for Canadian youth—think critically and act ethically, both inside and outside of the classroom.

May 29, 2008 (Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet), Canada’s leading not-for-profit media education organization, is pleased to announce $1.5 million in new funding over the next seven years, from two of the country’s largest broadcast companies.

Media Awareness Network creates new educational resources on media and global issues

Ottawa, May 21, 2008 - Media Awareness Network (MNet) is marking World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development with the release of a new series of lessons for students in Grades 7-12. The lessons, which were funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and are available free on MNet’s Web site, offer young people a better understanding of how media portrayals affect our view of global development issues.