On Feb. 11, Safer Internet Day, Facebook and MediaSmarts teamed up with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation to promote Think Before You Share, a tip sheet and poster for schools that give youth the tools they need to share safely online.
“Our research overwhelmingly shows that teens are conscious of the need to manage how they are portrayed in social media, such as in embarrassing photos,” said Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “The Think Before You Share resources are designed to give them the tools they need to make smart decisions.”
The resources are posted on the CTF Website http://www.ctf-fce.ca/en/Pages/Issues/Cyberbullying.aspx and were shared with CTF Member organizations, many of which represent high school teachers across the country. The poster will also be available for download on GetCyberSafe.ca, the Government of Canada’s national awareness campaign website, as well as on Facebook’s Family Safety Centre.
“Promoting healthy online behaviour in our schools is incredibly important," said CTF President Dianne Woloschuk. “By giving teachers the tools they need to discuss this important topic with teens, they can have a positive impact on digital skills development.”
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy and has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. Through its work, MediaSmarts supports adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one Affiliate Member and one Associate Member) across Canada. Follow the CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI).