(Ottawa) – Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers' Federation
National Media Education Week
today with a message for Canadian
youth—think critically and act ethically, both inside and outside of the
of the annual week is to promote media literacy in Canadian homes,
schools and communities. A variety of activities, from classroom-based projects
to large-scale public events, are taking place across the country to support
media education and promote the theme of ethical and responsible Internet use.
Internet is an important and enjoyable part of young people’s daily lives and
they need to develop rigorous, critical thinking skills to make wise online
decisions” said Jane Tallim, Co- Executive Director of MNet. “Young people have
told us in our research that they want to develop responsible decision-making
skills. By teaching them to be good cyber citizens we can empower them to take
ownership of their online behaviours.”
teachers, we see first-hand how media and information technology influence the
manner in which our students interact with each other and how they view the
world around them,” explains CTF President Emily Noble. ”We believe education is
an important proactive measure to counter cyber bullying in all its forms. As a
teacher organization, it is both our duty and social responsibility to be
supportive in ways that give young Canadians the best that the world of media
Media Education Week collaborators are hosting a variety of events in
their regions, including youth forums on cyber bullying, animation and video
production workshops, movie screenings and media panels.
MNet and CTF, the lead partners in the week, will host a student forum at
Historica Encounters with Canada in Ottawa on November 5, to promote the ethical
and pro-social uses of the Internet by young people.
Girl Guides of Canada, in collaboration with MNet, is launching a new
CyberCitizen Challenge Crest to teach girls and young women critical thinking
skills for the Internet.
This year’s presenting
sponsor, CTVglobemedia, has produced a public service
announcement in support of the week and the theme of ethical Internet use,
which is airing nationally on CTVglobemedia stations and channels.
Media Education Week is in its third year and the list of participants and
collaborators continues to grow. For a list of the week’s collaborators visit:
http://www.mediaeducationweek.ca/about_partners.htm. A calendar of the
week’s events is available at
not-for-profit Canadian organization whose aim is to help children and youth to
develop an informed and critical understanding of media, the techniques used in
creating media products and the media's role and influence within society.
(CTF) represents nearly 200,000 Canadian teachers across the country. For nearly
90 years, CTF has advanced the cause of children, defended the rights of
teachers and promoted a strong public education system. Further, they have
championed the increase and strengthening of the practice of media education in
Canadian classrooms. (http://www.ctf-fce.ca)
Marie Paquet, Communications Officer, Media Awareness Network, 613-224-7721, ext.
Director of Communications, Canadian Teachers' Federation, 613-688-4314,
Media Education Week 2008 sponsors:
Presenting (Gold) sponsor