Media Literacy Week 2015: Respect in a Digital World
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Media Literacy Week
This November 2-6, thousands of students, educators, parents and community organizations will join MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) in celebrating 10 years of Media Literacy Week in Canada.

The official theme of Media Literacy Week 2015 is Respect in a Digital World, encouraging young people to be upstanding digital citizens by acting responsibly and ethically in their online environments by respecting themselves, others and the spaces they’re in. 
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Ethics Online

As the Internet has become more and more central to our lives, our online and offline identities have become less and less separate. Where the Internet was once a place where nobody knew we were dogs and we lived Second Lives as customizable avatars, today we mostly surf the Web as ourselves. Many of the most popular environments, such as Facebook, ask us to sign up using our real names, and even on services like Twitter, which allow for pseudonymy, people use their real names more often than not. Read more.

In Action

Loizza Aquino, 16, Winnipeg, MB
To get young people engaged in important human rights issues, Loizza Aquino started #kids4action, a global online art movement for kids.
Abdou Sarr, 17, Ottawa, ON
To help fellow high school students deal with stress, Abdou developed and launched Celestial, a top-rated relaxation app.
We're looking to profile innovative educators and youth across the country who are making media education happen. Know someone? Let us know!


Oct 22-23: Digital Youth Summit
ICTC and MediaSmarts, in partnership with Encounters Canada and Hive Toronto, are bringing together industry leaders, compelling speakers, and 200 secondary school students for 2 days of engagement on Digital Literacy, Cyber Citizenship and Cyber Security. Find out more.

Nov 4: Respect in a Digital World - Webinar for Educators 
MediaSmarts and NAMLE are partnering on a webinar exploring respect in a digital world. Moderated by Lynette Owens, Trend Micro’s Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids & Family, the panel joins safety experts from Twitter, Instagram and Fuel Industries in a discussion on creating a culture of respect within their online communities. More information coming soon!
What will you be doing to celebrate Media Literacy Week? Let us know about your activity or event and we'll help you spread the word.

Featured Resources

These lesson plans from the Kids Media Centre's Hashtag Instafame project look at building a brand online and positive uses of social media. 

That's Not Cool: Healthy & Respectful Relationships Online
In this MediaSmarts lesson, students begin by considering one of five scenarios that illustrate unhealthy relationship behaviours relating to digital media.
Ideas for Educators
Ideas for Collaborators
Ideas for the Home
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